problem auto-starting speakup/sd/speechd-up combination Ubuntu7.10

John Heim jheim at
Fri Aug 15 10:22:25 EDT 2008

I'm still working on building the speechd-up debian package but here is a 
link to the init.d script:

It assumes the software speech driver is compiled as a module.  But I think 
that if the driver is compiled into the kernel, you get an error message but 
no harm is done. I haven't tested that though.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry D. Cudney" <terry.cudney at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 10:32 PM
Subject: Re: problem auto-starting speakup/sd/speechd-up combination 

> 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.
> HTH,
> --terry
> 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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