problem auto-starting speakup/sd/speechd-up combination Ubuntu 7.10

Terry D. Cudney terry.cudney at
Wed Aug 13 23:32:44 EDT 2008

Hi Willem,

	I have speakup/speechd-up/speech-dispatcher/espeak starting to talk just before the gdm prompts for a username (beeps). I switch to a console and speechcontinues...

	Try grabbing the /etc/init.d/speechd-up script from John Heim's site on It needs some modification to work with the /sys/module... hierarchy, but it has 'nice' incorporated into it and makes things easier to start/stop/restart. I don't have the exact url at ahnd, but you should be able to find it. I posted on this list about it, so it should be in the archives too. Let me know if you can't find it and I'll dig it up.


On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 11:45:04AM +0200, Willem van der Walt wrote:
> Good day,
> I have installed speech-dispatcher and speechd-up from packages and am 
> having a problem getting speech to automatically start.
> I see that speech-dispatcher is automatically started by the 
> /etc/init.d/speech-dispatcher script, but my current situation is:
> I am running a killall for both speech-dispatcher and speechd-up in 
> rc.local before envoking both with sleep statements inbetween from 
> rc.local.
> I get to a login prompt without speech and once signed on, I can killall 
> speechd-up and run it again by hand and then have speech.
> Adding the killall speechd-up and the re-execution after a sleep statement 
> into rc.local does not work.
> Any ideas?
> TIA, Willem
> ps. this is a 600 MHZ old Athlon processor.
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