speech-dispatcher and espeak

Steve Holmes steve at holmesgrown.com
Fri Feb 25 16:22:17 EST 2011

More saga on pulse audio here.  I started messing with default sample
rate and at one point, I had really good sound from mplayer playing
music but as soon as I started speech-dispatcher, then it all went to
hell again.  In fact, the music playing through mplayer even got
distorted.  As soon as I killed pulse and restarted it again, then it
sounded good again.  Speech-dispatcher keeps screwing it up.  At one
point, I had pretty decent sound coming out of gnome along with Orca
using speech dispatcher but now I can't seem to get pulse back right
again.  I can't believe how volital pulse audio is.  No wonder so many
people have so much trouble with it.  It may be very complicated for
anyone who is simply trying to use it.  I thought alsa was bad at one
time but pulse really cuts the cake.

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 09:36:40AM -0500, Kyle wrote:
> I just thought of this. Are you running speech-dispatcher from extra
> or the speech-dispatcher-git package from AUR? Speech-dispatcher in
> extra seems to be properly configured to run in either user or
> system mode. But I couldn't get speech-dispatcher-git to run in user
> mode and didn't try running it in system mode, although it
> constantly attempted to find its socket in /var, which is only
> supposed to apply if run system-wide. It wouldn't surprise me in
> this case to find that there are other problems with the
> speech-dispatcher-git configuration. Perhaps it's currently broken
> and will be fixed in the near future, or perhaps something has
> changed in the default configuration that I'm unsure how to fix to
> make it run correctly here.
> ~Kyle
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