running speakup and software synth

Gregory Nowak greg at
Fri Aug 10 14:22:10 EDT 2007

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Kenny, or anyone else in the know, do you know of a reliable way to
test the whole speech-dispatcher/speechd-up setup before booting into
the new system? When playing with installing debian via
grml-debootstrap, I found the biggest uncertainty was if the software
speech in the new system works or not. As I found out after rebooting,
software speech didn't work, there was no data in the logs, and nobody
to read the screen for me, so that was the end of that
experiment. Yes, I did have a speakup-patched kernel installed, and
the system did boot, according to the other logs in /var/log of the
new system. 

So, if one does an install of debian via debootstrap, is there a way
to test software speech in the chrooted system, before you actually
boot into it?


On Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 11:29:16AM -0500, Kenny Hitt wrote:
> Hi.
> Do you get speech when you type
> spd-say "hello world"
> If so, then speech-dispatcher is working.  If not, edit speech-dispatcher's config files until the spd-say command works.
> Once you have speech-dispatcher working, just 
> sudo modprobe speakup_sftsyn
> Speakup will start talking.  
> If you want speakup to load autimatically on boot, add the line
> speakup_sftsyn
> to /etc/modules.
> Be aware, you will have to press print screen everytime you boot and log into Gnome since speakup will try to read
> your X console.  Since the print screen gets passed to Gnome, you will have to cancel the dialog.
>           Kenny
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