one more quickie, remains removing speakup from memory.

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Sun Jan 25 20:59:01 UTC 2015

well, as I have no intention of ever needing to run speakup directly from 
this machine, may as well get rid of it now.
if there is enough of an Ethernet configuration for me to TELNET into the he 
box from here, the only use I intend making of this box at all,  the last 
thing I would desire is having to deal with 
speakup on top of my own speech.
The rest of your specific instructions  are in another amil.
The person doing this is no Linux person and no computer person in general.
I intend  giving them this, running the two commands you provided before.
I have no idea why the box would not be connected to my dsl modem and 
rooter to run the test.  that is the only way it can be done.
The rest of this is really overkill.

On Sun, 25 Jan 2015, Tim Chase wrote:

> On January 25, 2015, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>> The answer to this one will let me know if I should try removing
>> speakup before the extra help is here.
> I wouldn't bother.  If it pesters the person helping you, it should
> be a fairly straightforward matter to just mute the audio,
> turn down the audio, disconnect the speakers, or plug in headphones
> that your friend isn't wearing.  That is, even if speakup is running,
> it should be fairly easy to ignore it.
>> Does speakup give a verbal confirmation once removed?
> It depends on how you "remove" it.  If you just disable its
> interaction by using the print-screen button, it may or may not
> announce that fact.  Others here could confirm that.  If you disable
> the speakup module with "sudo rmmod ...", you wouldn't get any sort
> of warning.
>> The test fir ip information is clear so it will be simply a matter
>> of noting the results..assuming there are any.
> If the machine is attached to the router via the network cable
> and booted up, a simple "ifconfig" should let you know the IP address
> it has. If you want just the IP addresses, you can limit it with
>  /sbin/ifconfig | grep "inet addr"
> If all goes according to plan, you should likely get back something
> like
>  inet addr:
> followed by additional information about the broadcast address and
> network mask.
> The person setting up the machine may have set it up to make dial-up
> easy, but they would have had to go out of their way to disable
> regular ethernet-card networking.  Unfortunately, the checks differ
> depending on whether "network-manager" is installed.  You can check
> this with
>  dpkg --get-selections | grep network-manager
> If it comes back with one or more resuts and says "install" after
> it, you have Network Manager installed.  You can then use
>  nmcli con list
> to list any active connections.  Hopefully it will list your wired
> connection.
> If you *don't* have network manager installed, you should be able to
> peek in /etc/network/interfaces which should have a line something
> like
>  iface eth0 inet dhcp
> in it which would instruct it to use your first ethernet card
> (eth0) to get a DHCP address for internet communications.
> I'm eager to get you over this hurdle so you can actually have fun
> with the box rather than fighting with it. (grins)
> -tim
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