for those who want console speech in manjaro based distros

Al Sten-Clanton albert.e.sten_clanton at
Mon Jul 11 14:33:21 UTC 2016

Never heard of fenrir.  Do you know where the info about it is?  Thanks!


On 7/11/2016 2:27 AM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> 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 either.
> 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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