speech-dispatcher and espeak

Kyle kyle4jesus at gmail.com
Tue Feb 22 10:18:04 EST 2011

On 02/21/2011 07:30 PM, Christopher Brannon wrote:
> Christopher Moore<chris.w1gm at gmail.com>  writes:
>> I'm trying to setup speech-dispatcher with spd-conf as a normal user.
>> When I run the diagnostic tests, espeak, alsa and pulse respond.
>> When I save the settings and try an spd-say, I get the message
>> from the dummy voice.  The log says it can't load the output module,
> Hello,
> I assume you're still using ArchLinux.  Turns out that the
> speech-dispatcher package in [extra] is broken.  Well, not completely.
> The problem is that it doesn't depend on pulseaudio, even though the
> default configuration sets the audio output method to pulse.
> A quick fix is to edit
> ~/.speech-dispatcher/conf/speechd.conf.
> Find the line containing AudioOutputMethod, and change pulse to alsa.
> I'll file a bug on the ArchLinux bug tracker later.
> -- Chris
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As a new convert to Arch, I can also add that speech-dispatcher will 
only work properly if you are in the group "audio." I wasn't a member of 
audio in Ubuntu, and Sox works in Arch without the audio group, but user 
mode speech-dispatcher does not.

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