speech-dispatcher crashing with nothing in log

Rynhardt P Kruger rkruger at gawab.com
Mon Jan 21 15:10:28 EST 2008

Hi Michael,

Thanks for your tips. The reason why I don't use the native espeak module, is because I've found that the espeak module 
will block /dev/dsp even though I have set it to use the alsa driver. I also like to custemise the generic espeak module 
so that the afrikaans (my native language) is on voice 1, and en-r on voice 0. I have not found a way to do it with the 
native espeak module. One can change the lang parameter, but sadly there is not a lang file in the /proc/speakup 
directory like there is with the apollo.

I have also disabled all the other modules in speechd.conf, festival and flite would block the oss devices as well.
I have now rased the log level to 5, but strangely it didn't crash after that! Hope it stay that way.

Take care,


* Michael Whapples <mwhapples at aim.com> [080120 20:20]:
> This sounds quite odd. Firstly I would suggest using the espeak specific
> module rather than the espeak generic one, I did find that sometimes
> there could be problems with speech-dispatcher crashing with the generic
> one. I have only had one crash of speech-dispatcher since changing to
> the espeak specific module, and that one I couldn't track down as there
> wasn't enough information in the log files and as it hasn't happened
> since it is too rare to be able to catch by altering the log level. As
> you seem to get crashes so regular, you should be able to get it to
> happen when you raise the log level. Also make sure that the modules you
> are using/have enabled also have a high log level. Also on this topic,
> disable any modules you don't need, this can affect stability.
> After trying the last suggestion does the problem go away? if not does
> raising the log levels reveal any hint as to what the problem is?
> From
> Michael Whapples
> On Sat, 2008-01-19 at 12:12 +0200, Rynhardt P Kruger wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I have a strange problem on my grml 1.1 rc1 box.
> > Often speech-dispatcher will crash, with nothing in the log and no message on the console. It just did it again while I 
> > was typing the previous sentence. When that happen, I have to killall speechd-up and than start speech-dispatcher and 
> > speechd-up again.
> > This is a really annoying problem, it happens with verying intervals and mostly when speakup is saying something. 
> > I am running speech-dispatcher 0.6.5 and speechd-up from the cvs tarball. I am using the espeak-generic module although 
> > it happens with the espeak and flite modules too. It just did it again at the prier sentence!
> > 
> > Please help me, I can't use my computer fully with this anoying problem.
> > 
> > Thanks for any help in advance.
> > 
> > Rynhardt 
> > 
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