Feedback on the New Espeakup Connecter

Zachary Kline klinez at
Tue Aug 5 20:36:36 EDT 2008

Steve Holmes wrote:
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> Hey, I've been using espeakup for over twelve hours now and by and
> large, it's looking pretty good.  It is very snappy and responsive.  I
> can't say I've had any problems interrupting speech either.
> I have run into a couple issues however.  On my laptop which has a
> very single-minded single chanel sound card, I haven't figured out a
> way to be able to use Speakup and mplayer at the same time.  I have to
> silence Speakup first and then start mplayer to listen to something.
> I cannot use Speakup at all while mplayer is running.  I have mplayer
> to use the ALSA dmix plug-in in the configuration but I don't know how
> to get espeak and/or espeakup to use the same plug-in  I have espeak
> compiled with Portaudio 19 which I thought was ALSA.
> The other thing is a few minutes ago on my desktop machine with does
> have a nice SB Live card shares sound with Mplayer and
> Orca/Gnome-Speech just fine, I lost speech! I was in mutt reading some
> mail and all of a sudden, no speech.  It just quit! I could switch to
> my gnome session and that still talked fine and I got speech back by
> killing espeakup and restarting it again.  When I lost speech in my
> original text console, I got to a shell prompt and just tried running
> espeakup with no results.  I later saw that it said the program was
> already running.  But when I killed it from another terminal and
> restarted it , I got speech back and it has been running since.
> Wonder if anyone else has had any speech losses with this.
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    I have had some speech loss, but it always returns a few seconds 
later.  I don't really mind it, and it's infrequent.  When I used 
spk-connect-ttsynth, I had speech loss similar to what you describe.  I 
had to kill that program quite often, whereas Espeakup I don't need to.
    I'm afraid I don't know how to solve your dmix issue: Alsa just 
works for my sound card, even when mplayer is running.

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