speakup on fedora?

hank hank at hanksmith.net
Tue May 18 03:44:22 UTC 2004

how do I get speak up speaking when fedora boots?
it isn't speaking at all
and the directions don't work on setting that up
Creating an INITRD

Follow these steps to create an initial ram disk image for your installation. This is how we make Speakup speak while your computer boots now that Speakup
is modular. Of course, if we were smarter people, we would have modified the installation scripts to do this for you automatically based on the Speakup
synthesizer keyword you provided back when you first started the installation.. But, ... well let's not go there!
List of 5 items
1. Switch to the second console by holding down the Alt key and pressing theF2 key. When you release these you'll find that you're at a # prompt.
2. Change to the directory that contains your new installation by typing:
cd /mnt/sysimage
3. Now, restrict your view to your installation by typing the following command. Notice that your prompt changes when you do this.
chroot .
4. Next, change directory one more time by typing:
cd /lib/modules
5. Now, make a new initrd with Speakup by issuing the following command. Where wis command has {TAB} you should press the TAB key. Don't actually type {TAB}!
And, where we have {synth.keyword}, replace this text with the correct sSpeakup word for your speech synthesizer.
/sbin/mkinitrd -v -f /boot/initrd-{tab} --with=speakup_{synth.keyword} {TAB}
list end

Here's an example of how this command looks for the Accent SA speech synthesizer and the 2.4.22-2c.nptlspk2 Speakup Modified Fedora Linux kernel:
List of 1 items
. /sbin/mkinitrd -v -f /boot/initrd-2.4.22-2c.nptlspk2.img --with=speakup_acntsa 2.4.22-2c.nptlspk2
list end

Use your Speakup screen review commands to read up the screen when this command completes. If you see references to your speech synthesizer, you've correctly
completed this critical step in your installation process.

Notice, also, how we used the TAB key to fill out that long and complicated Linux kernel designation for us. Not only do we save some typing by using TAB.
We also avoid critical errors. Remember this trick. You can use it almost everywhere in Linux when issuing commands and when specifying files. It's a very
handy feature that you'll never outgrow.

Killing First Boot To Insure Speakup Speaks

There is one more very critical step to perform before you boot your installation. Be sure you are still in the restricted view obtained by the first three
steps of the previous command when you issue this last, very critical command:
List of 1 items
. /sbin/chkconfig --level 2345 firstboot off
list end

If you fail to do this step you will find that Speakup suddenly stops speaking just when it seems you've finished booting your new installation of Linux.
That's because of the graphical (and inaccessible) FirstBoot program Red Hat provides to help users define some important configuration settings, such
as creating users and identifying how this computer connects to the Internet. Unfortunately, FirstBoot launches before any consoles launch, so there is
absolutely nothing you can do as a blind user once FirstBoot is running either to work with FirstBoot or to get out of it.

I couldn't even get that portion to work
is there a easier way to fix this?
I all ready bootted the system
Don't judge me because I'm blind. Judge me by what's inside. if you judge me because I am blind, then it is you who is blind.
"time is the fire in which we burn," Tollian Soran.
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Contact info:
hank at hanksmith.net
Email: Same as MSN.
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