Speakup with espeak

Daniel Dalton daniel.dalton47 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 05:36:26 UTC 2007

On 20/11/2007 3:10 AM, John Heim wrote:
> It's probably not speechd-up.   To find out if the problem is with 
> speech-dispatcher or with speechd-up, you can use the spd-say command.
> spd-say "hello world"
> Chances are that this will say nothing or perhaps even generate an error 
> message. If you hear nothing, then your problem is with 
> speech-dispatcher. I think you are probably the victim of a mistake in 
> the speech-dispatcher config files for espeak. In 
> /etc/speech-dispatcher/modules/espeak-generic.conf,  find a lline like 
> this:
> "echo \"$DATA\" | speak -w /tmp/espeak.wav -v $VOICE -s $RATE -a $VOLUME 
> -p $PITCH -
> And change it to say this:
> "echo \"$DATA\" | espeak -w /tmp/espeak.wav -v $VOICE -s $RATE -a 
> -
> The difference between the two lines is that the first says speak and 
> the second says espeak. In other words, one pipes the output from aplay 
> to speak (which is wrong) and the other pipes it to espeak (which is 
> right). Here is a link to a espeak-generic.conf file that works for me:
> http://www.math.wisc.edu/~jheim/debian/espeak-generic.conf

Its working now. (Someone sent it to me off list) so thanks for that.

> Another thing that may be wrong is that you may not have installed 
> alsaplayer. To do that type:
> apt-get alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-utils

I remember getting that. But at least it works now.

Thanks for all your help.

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