software speech on Slackware, Debian, and others?
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Mon Nov 15 14:13:29 EST 2004
You may want to reference where you obtained the patch as well?
----- Original Message -----
From: <willem at top.health.gov.za>
To: "David Bruzos" <david at bruzos.org>
Cc: <speakup at braille.uwo.ca>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 12:13 AM
Subject: Re: software speech on Slackware, Debian, and others?
> On Thu, 11 Nov 2004, David Bruzos wrote:
> > Hello Everyone:
> > This message is kind of long, so you might not want to include the entire
> > thing when you respond!
> > I have some questions about software speech and distributions other than
> > Fedora. I started writing some stuff down and retesting some of the
> > things I did before (to make sure they work again) and I plan to have a
> > draft of the software howto written soon. However, I like to include
> > whatever I can about other distributions like Debian and Slackware...
> > Below, I will write the basic steps that I perform to get it configured on
> > Fedora. Can users of other distros send me their distro-specific details?
> > 1. I use the "mkinitrd" command to put the "sftsyn" module into the kernel
> > at boot time. The command was:
> > "mkinitrd -v /boot/initrd-2.6.x.img 2.6.x --with=speakup_sftsyn
> > --with=pcspkr"
> > A. Can this be applied to other distros?
> > B. Does "mkinitrd" act different (how) in other distros?
> > C. Should I use another (more portable) approach?
> > D. Do other distros have the PC speaker (pcspkr) compiled as a module?
> > 2. I created a /dev/softsynth device using the "mknod" command. The
> > command was:
> > "mknod /dev/softsynth c 10 26".
> > A. Is this ok for other distros?
> > B. Is the syntax the same?
> > 3. Festival was already instaled and working in Fedora.
> > A. Any problems getting Festival for other distros?
> > 4. Flite was not installed in Fedora. I had to download RPMS, because it
> > would not compile properly...
> I got flite compiled on fc2 by applying a patch from I think Luke
> Yellovitch. The patch file is called const.patch.bz2.
> I had to compile flite as the rpm I could find at the time did not seem to
> have the required shared libraries for speech dispatcher to compile.
> > 5. I downloaded speech-dispatcher, compiled it, and installed it without
> > any problems.
> > A. Anyone have problems doing this?
> Not once the shared libraries issue discribed above was solved.
> > 6. speechd_up compiled and installed without problems also...
> > A. ...?
> > 7. Just ran:
> > A. # speech-dispatcher
> > B. # speechd_up
> > I had software speech working at this point...
> No I did not, but I did not put sftsyn into my initrd.img as I am mainly
> using dectlk. That might be the reason why I first have to echo sftsyn to
> > I have repeated these steps on three different machines and they have all
> > worked without a problem.
> I have used the Fedora core 2 speakup modified fedora kernel.
> The only thing I have not been able to do is
> > compile flite from source. However, the flite RPMS work very well...
> An rpm is always easyer, so I am glad you found the right one.
> At the mmoment, I some times succeed in crashing my kernel when switching
> back and forth between the soft and hardware synths.
> > Thanx IA!
> > David Bruzos
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