Installing Debian with Espeakup

Marcel Oats moats at
Thu Jan 14 20:41:38 EST 2016

Hi, perhaps your suggestion of offering a menu of cards, "to speak on this card, press 0" and so forth would work.
Of course then you may come across the odd issue of when a card is simply not detected, though how often does that happen?

Also, we could go back to the idea that is on the Arch live CD/USB, of having a recorded prompt played on all cards simultaneously, and the user is able to press enter when they hear a beep on the card they wish to use.


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Alonzo Cuellar, on Mon 04 Jan 2016 03:19:37 -0600, wrote:
> My question is how can you choose card 1 so I can hear Espeakup?

Mmm, that's an expected issue.  We have not implemented anything about that.

> You'd have to setup /etc/asond.conf,

Or just setting an ALSA_CARD environment variable.

The question is rather: how to let the user request that?  I don't think adding another boot menu item would be nice.  Adding a shortcut after boot is not really straightforward, and the user would still have to know that there are several sound cards and that the shortcut should be used to switch between cards. Making espeakup always talk on each and every device is not really an option either. Maybe we could make the installer, when several cards are detected, talk "To use this sound card, press 0" on card 0, then talk "To use this sound card, press 1" on card 1, etc., what do people think?

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