the direction of speakup

Mike Ray mike at
Fri May 10 08:37:02 EDT 2013


It was totally unstable on Raspberry Pi.  I tried rebuilding it and 
speech-dispatcher.  I tried it with espeak and festival and it was only 
able to run for a few minutes before crashing.

Now I have the UART cable I can debug it as well.  Maybe it's the same 
thing that's crashing SpeakUp, in which case it's probably something 
about the architecture or the Broadcom sound driver.

yasr also hasn't seen any work for about 5 years.  I did speak to the 
developer and he wants to pass it on to someone else.  So if I can get 
my head round why it doesn't work on Raspberry Pi maybe I will have a go.


On 10/05/2013 13:30, Kyle wrote:
> According to Jason White:
> # It runs its own shell and captures input/output, somewhat like screen(1).
> This actually makes YASR the most portable text console screen reader I
> am aware of, since it can run on just about any Unix-like operating
> system. It runs entirely in userspace and depends on shell output rather
> than relying on any kernel level code or output. It also has the benefit
> of being able to work with a wide range of hardware synthesizers via
> Emacspeak servers and possibly other local drivers as well, and also has
> software speech available through various interfaces, including EFlite
> and speech-dispatcher. The trade-off is that you will get no speech
> prior to login, although with the correct login script, you can have
> YASR come up automatically once you've logged into the console you want
> to use. There once was a separate program included in the YASR source
> tree that could read the console prior to login, but I don't currently
> know if it still works. I remember getting it to work at one point, but
> that was some time ago. I did most things with a single text console
> that ran YASR automatically at login and did all my work in Screen,
> which allowed me to have a nearly unlimited number of "windows" open on
> a single console, all under a single YASR instance.
> Just a quick note: because of the way YASR works in a subshell, it
> should be capable of working in a desktop terminal application like
> Xterm, giving you familiar functionality when you have that text-based
> application that Orca doesn't like in gnome-terminal. Keybindings
> shouldn't be a problem either, even if you use gnome-terminal and
> silence Orca, since as far as I know, there aren't any conflicts between
> Orca and YASR keyboard commands.
> ~Kyle

Michael A. Ray
Witley, Surrey, South-east UK

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