whole bunch of questions!

John G. Heim jheim at math.wisc.edu
Fri Jul 11 20:04:22 UTC 2014

I think you must have mis-read my message. I was explaining how you can 
indeed use orca and speakup with espeak at the same time. You just have 
to recompile espeak. And on a debian system, that is really easy. It 
takes like 7 simple steps (outlined in my original message).

Technically, speakup doesn't "crash". It just can't send sound to the 
sound card. When you kill gdm3 or litegm, you get speech back in speakup.

On 07/11/14 13:59, Sam Hartman wrote:
>>>>>> "John" == John G Heim <jheim at math.wisc.edu> writes:
>      John> In debian stable (weezy) and testing (jessie), speakup with
>      John> software speech crashes if you start orca. A fix may be in
>      John> ubuntu because it's also in the old version of sonar which was
>      John> based on ubuntu. I didn't check out how they did it but they
>      John> probably compiled espeak with pulseaudio instead of alsa. IMO,
>      John> the espeakpackage developers should make this an installation
>      John> option.
> I cannot reproduce this.
> I've been using Debian with espeakup and orca quite successfully with
> wheezy and jessie.
> It's true that you cannot use espeakup at the same time as orca.  The
> issue is that  pulseaudio hogs alsa without dmix, so only pulse
> applications can play sound.
> For a variety of reasons you want pulseaudio to be per-session not
> global.
> If you started pulseaudio globally espeakup would use it, and if you
> really want to use speakup and Orca at the same time, then I'd recommend
> doing that; it is a system level configuration in /etc.  However, I've
> found that I'm happier with espeakup until my graphical environment
> comes up, then sticking with Orca and emacspeak within X.
> --Sam
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John G. Heim, 608-263-4189, jheim at math.wisc.edu

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