speech-dispatcher and espeak

Steve Holmes steve at holmesgrown.com
Fri Feb 25 21:13:08 EST 2011

I believe there have been numerous patches, of which several improve
stability.  I have not had speech dispatcher crashes on my desktop
system for some time now and I'm using the latest git version to do
this.  I did have some issues for a vew days on my laptop but after
that, I got things straitened out on that 64 bit machine as well.  

This pulse audio stuff just seems so unstable and unpredictable to
me.  I like it in gnome where I can manage separate volume levels for
different applications at the same time and I seem to be able to hear
some more windows type sound icons but that distortion and static is
too much for me to bare.  I'm tempted to leave speech-dispatcher to
use alsa and let pulse run for gnome and other things that aren't
affected by it.

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 06:51:06PM -0600, Kenny Hitt wrote:
> Resending from the correct address.
> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 03:52:07PM -0600, Kenny Hitt wrote:
> > Hi  Do you know if there has been any fixes for the speech-dispatcher alsa output since 0.7 was released?
> > The 0.7 version crashes if I use alsa and pulseaudio isn't an option here since it locks my sound card.
> > I still depend on espeakup for speech output in the console.  Fortunately, Debian still has the espeak gnome-speech driver.
> > That's my current solution, but the upgrade to gnome 3.0 will likely end support for gnome-speech, so I need to get a working speech-dispatcher.
> > 
> >           Kenny
> > .
> > On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 02:22:17PM -0700, Steve Holmes wrote:
> > > 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.
> > > 
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