Espeak, gnome-speech and alsa

Michael Whapples mikster4 at
Mon Feb 19 10:52:57 EST 2007

I am using speech-dispatcher through gnome-speech with orca when I get the 
problems with speech-dispatcher (I have occasionally had it when using 
speechd-up, although not as much as those reporting problems with AMD64, and 
normally when using speakup there is orca in the background of the gnome 
session (I sometimes have orca but not speechd-up and think I have had the 

Some time ago, I did try the speech-dispatcher back-end for orca, but didn't 
continue to use it as I remember that there were some issues with it knowing 
when the speech had finished and sometimes missing parts of speech. Also 
whenever I do an update I would need to re-apply the back-end, or so went my 

Michael Whapples
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tomas Cerha" <cerha at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: Espeak, gnome-speech and alsa

> Michael Whapples napsal(a):
>> Note this can be done on my system with speech-dispatcher so the
>> sound card can do it, but I find sometimes speech-dispatcher dies
>> occasionally, and removing as many stages as possible seems to me
>> to be much more preferable (just my oppinion).
> I know it doesn't answer your question, but your feedback might help to
> fix the problem with Speech Dispatcher.  Were you using Orca with Speech
> Dispatcher backend, or a Speech Dispatcher Gnome Speech driver?
> Note that Speech Dispatcher backend allows Orca to communicate directly
> with Speech Dispatcher.  See
> Did you try using Speech Dispatcher with anything else than espeak?
> Best regards, Tomas

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