[raspberry-vi] A bit off topic, Speakup and Debian Stretch-Buster (fwd)
greg at gregn.net
Wed Mar 25 00:43:51 EDT 2020
I'm directing this back on list.
On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 07:40:11PM -0500, Glenn K0LNY wrote:
> I got it working, the only thing I need to do to get it fully functional is
> to make the WIFI work.
> I think what fixed the no speech was to use raspi-config to tell it to use
> option 1, which is not the HDMI.
> I also installed mate-desktop, but so far it hasn't booted to it.
> BTW, does anyone know how to change the speakup speech parameters?
> Like speed and such.
That's documented in the speakup user guide on
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Gregory Nowak" <greg at gregn.net>
> To: "Glenn K0LNY" <GlennErvin at cableone.net>; "Speakup is a screen review
> system for Linux." <speakup at linux-speakup.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:14 PM
> Subject: Re: [raspberry-vi] A bit off topic, Speakup and Debian
> Stretch-Buster (fwd)
> >On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 11:40:56AM -0500, Glenn K0LNY wrote:
> >>I have a Raspberry PI Model B, version 2, and I'm trying to get eSpeak
> >>speakup going.
> >>I installed the version:
> >>and I can SSH into it, and I was getting audio out with:
> >>speaker-test -c 2
> >>but if I tried espeak "hello"
> >>I didn't get anything until I installed pulseaudio.
> >>Now the espeak works, but still no speakup on boot-up.
> >>I installed speakup and that did not work, although it seemed to install
> >I assume you mean espeakup, not speakup. I haven't used speakup on a
> >rpi since raspbian/devuan jessie. However, I do recall back then that
> >espeakup didn't work properly through the on board sound chip, and
> >Michael Ray I believe posted work arounds for that. I don't know if
> >the situation has changed since. I don't think espeakup and pulseaudio
> >will play any nicer on the rpi than they do on the PC. My solution
> >back then was to install speechd-up, and get output from speakup that way.
> >>I installed Orca with:
> >>apt-get install gnome-orca
> >>and that seemed to install okay, but it did not help speakup.
> >First, I don't see how installing orca is supposed to help speakup,
> >since they're separate screen readers using different interfaces to
> >provide speech output. Second, last time I checked, raspbian was using
> >their own slimed down desktop environment not using gtk, so that
> >wouldn't work with orca. I don't know if that has changed since
> >either. If it hasn't, your best bet is probably to install raspbian
> >light, and then manually install mate or xfce. It will be slow almost
> >to the point of not being very useful in my opinion, but it should
> >work. I think gnome is too bloated for the rpi, but I could be wrong
> >>I had done a general Debian update before doing all the above.
> >>The only way eSpeak works with strings of text is via SSH, not the
> >>in keyboard.
> >Is the rpi recognizing the keyboard when you plug it in? Are you sure
> >you successfully logged in on a text console before attempting to run
> >espeak from the keyboard?
> >>I would like to get a desktop going, but this RPI may not have the RAM
> >I tried mate on a rpi 3 back when I was using devuan jessie. It worked
> >as proof of concept, but browsing with firefox brought the unit to its
> >knees on most sites. A rpi2 might not have the RAM for a full GUI like
> >mate, but I could be wrong there too.
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