Speakup and Orca working together in wheezy, revisited?

lutz kaiser lutz.kaiser at gmx.net
Fri Apr 13 03:53:03 EDT 2012


i use debian unstable as a second system.
To avoid this trouble with pulse  i used the "restorespeech" script from 
It installes speechd-up, and speakup is running smootly together with orca.

As a german, i only had to change speech-dispater to speak german in the 


Am 12.04.2012 16:43, schrieb Martin McCormick:
> 	I just did an installation of wheezy using speakup via
> the netinst iso cd and speakup works beautifully now on a system
> that had no sound at all from either the Debian or Ubuntu
> distributions over the last year.
> 	That is about all the good news I can state for now.
> 	If I go in to /etc/rc2.d, I can prevent gdm3 from
> starting by renaming S21gdm3 to K21gdm3 as according to the
> README file. If I do that, the system talks all the way up to
> the login sequence.
> 	I can do the usual command-line shell activities, manage
> the system and ssh out to the world as well as receive ssh
> connections, but that's about it for now.
> 	The sound system appears to be in tatters as trying to
> do anything with audio lets you hear a catalog of just about
> every error that could be generated. Most are about missing
> files, errors in reading what files are there and processes not
> running or refusing connections. It's a grand mess.
> 	I installed the mplayer package which did appear to
> install, but trying to run it kills all sound including speakup.
> 	Running gdm3 kills audio and produces a low-pitched beep
> about any time you move the cursor arrows.
> 	I did start an ssh session in to this system while it
> was in gdm purgatory. The ssh session went properly so I su'd to
> root and went to /etc/rc2.d and typed
> ./S21gdm3 stop
> It did but speakup didn't come back until I went to the second
> console and then back to the first one and speakup was fine as
> if nothing happened.
> 	Wheezy, being the testing version is still undergoing a
> lot of modification. I did the installation late Saturday night
> on April 8 and did an aptitude update and then aptitude
> safe-upgrade last night, April 11, and several libraries and
> packages were switched out. Unfortunately, none of them had to
> do with any of the problems right now so it's still dodgy.
> 	I could also start gdm3 over the ssh session but the
> misbehavior didn't change. It still killed speakup on the target
> system and produced lots of syslog errors about missing or
> damaged files.
> 	gdm obviously does not crash or lockup the system, but I
> don't think it is actually running but is in some state of angst
> because of the errors it is displaying. I think the same is true
> for alsa and pulseaudio. I think that gdm should start and one
> should still have speakup running but right now, speakup goes
> away and will come back when gdm stops and you go to another
> console and then back.
> 	These problems are probably effecting many user
> communities, not just speakup users, so I expect many of the
> worst troubles will be solved sooner rather than later.
> 	Finally, if one runs amixer, there is a long pause, a
> spew of errors from C modules related to distressed or missing
> files, and finaly a puny 2 or 3 parameters about the sound card
> that look suspissious at best.
> 	With all that, I am truly amazed that speakup now seems
> as solid as a rock even if nothing else is working quite yet.
> Martin
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