for those who want console speech in manjaro based distros

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Jul 11 06:27:30 UTC 2016

pulseaudio is responsible for blocking signals that rightfully alsa 
ought to get.  This is why fenrir will be the official console speech 
app for sonar.  It wasn't possible to get brltty working correctly 

On Sun, 10 Jul 2016, Chris Brannon wrote:

> Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:43:59
> From: Chris Brannon <chris at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: Mark Peveto <southernprince73 at>
> Cc: blinux <blinux-list at>
> Subject: Re: for those who want console speech in manjaro based distros
> Mark Peveto <southernprince73 at> writes:
>> sudo downgrade espeak
>> That's right, the newer versions of espeak won't allow console speech
>> to work.
> Hi Mark,
> I saw this message and remembered that Manjaro and Sonar are using
> espeak-ng, which is a fork of espeak.
> One of the things that changed with espeak-ng is the way audio is
> handled.  Actually, espeak-ng uses its very own audio library.
> So I decided to take it for a spin tonight.
> I built a custom copy of the emacspeak speech server and linked against
> espeak-ng, using alsa for the audio.
> It doesn't work.
> I get messages like "file descriptor in bad state" when I try to make it speak.
> I haven't tried it with espeakup yet,
> but it doesn't look promising.
> This really needs to be fixed.  I'll be delving more deeply into the
> issue over the next week or so.
> -- Chris
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