Debian Stretch and speakup Aren't Playing Nicely.

John Covici covici at
Tue Dec 18 21:50:23 EST 2018

You need to check that systemd unit to see what is wrong.  Could use
speakup through speech dispatcher instead?

On Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:41:03 -0500,
Martin McCormick wrote:
> After upgrading 2 Debian systems to stretch, speakup has died on
> both systems.  The systems are still very much alive and accept
> remote logins via ssh.
> 	Sometimes, I am the last person to get wise to big
> changes and something appears to have changed in the way that
> services are started under stretch.
> 	This is what prints out on both systems after apt-get
> upgrade regarding speakup.  Can I fix this and how do I do it and
> create the least amount of damage as both systems seem to
> otherwise be okay.
> After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
> Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
> Setting up espeakup (1:0.80-5+deb9u2) ...
> update-rc.d: warning: start and stop actions are no longer supported; falling ba
> ck to defaults
> Failed to start espeakup.service: Unit espeakup.service is not loaded properly:
> Invalid argument.
> See system logs and 'systemctl status espeakup.service' for details.
> invoke-rc.d: initscript espeakup, action "start" failed.
> Ï espeakup.service - Software speech output for Speakup
>    Loaded: error (Reason: Invalid argument)
>    Active: inactive (dead)
>      Docs: man:espeakup(8)
> Dec 15 14:09:18 wb5agz systemd[1]: [/lib/systemd/system/espeakup.service:12&CE}'
> Dec 15 14:09:18 wb5agz systemd[1]: espeakup.service: Service lacks both Exe&ing.
> Dec 15 14:09:19 wb5agz systemd[1]: [/lib/systemd/system/espeakup.service:12&CE}'
> Dec 15 14:09:19 wb5agz systemd[1]: espeakup.service: Service lacks both Exe&ing.
> Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
> dpkg: error processing package espeakup (--configure):
>  subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  espeakup
> 	I had built both systems from a stretch install iso image
> and they both talked through the installation but the problems
> appeared to start after a few upgrades as in
> apt-get update;aptget -upgrade
> Thanks for any and all constructive ideas.
> Martin McCormick
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