console speech

Alonzo Cuellar mariachiac at
Thu Jun 2 18:33:21 UTC 2016

Hi Janina

Yes... Pulse is not compatible with speakup. I do miss the console 
environment. However, I've learned   to life with the desktop 
environment. Since I've not tried using a pure alsa system in ages... 
I'm not sure how stable it is. Pulse has been very stable in my 
experiences using the desktop.


On 06/01/2016 08:58 AM, Janina Sajka wrote:
> Alonzo:
> If you're satisfied with working on the desktop alone, then you have
> pulse support in Speech-Dispatcher and Orca. But this thread was about
> console speech. I believe most of us who value the console environment
> have not found pulse compatible with Speakup--which is what most use on
> the console for a screen reader.
> Janina
> Alonzo Cuellar writes:
>> hello,
>> My thoughts. Pulse Audio has more functionality then Alsa. Alsa is great for
>> a low level system meaning only command line access. If you run a graphical
>> environment you will not be able to get discovery of sound automatically
>> unless of course you write some sort of scripts for Alsa.
>> I happen to think though that when Pulse Audio was beginning to be upon the
>> Linux community most of us who used Espeakup relied on Alsa heaviely. Now
>> its a bit of a problem for a user who wants the desktop experience.
>> Thats just what I see.
>> alonzo
>> On 05/26/2016 09:32 AM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>>> Once pulseaudio is purged, try powering off the system then start the
>>> system up again and find out what happens.  If everything works, the
>>> system will reconfigure to account for the absence of pulseaudio and you
>>> should have speech back again once that happens.
>>> On Thu, 26 May 2016, Mark Peveto wrote:
>>>> Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 03:32:44
>>>> From: Mark Peveto <southernprince73 at>
>>>> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>>>> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>>>> Subject: Re: console speech
>>>> Tried, but it totally jacked up my sound after that.  I'm having to
>>>> reinstall again.
>>>> On 05/25/2016 01:58 PM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>>>>> Mark has to get rid of pulseaudio and all of its dependencies.
>>>>> On Wed, 25 May 2016, Willem van der Walt wrote:
>>>>>> Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:10:06
>>>>>> From: Willem van der Walt <wvdwalt at>
>>>>>> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>>>>>> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
>>>>>> Subject: Re: console speech
>>>>>> Get rid of pulseaudio.
>>>>>> You should be able to google how to do that on your distro.
>>>>>> HTH, Willem
>>>>>> On Wed, 25 May 2016, Mark Peveto wrote:
>>>>>>> I'm at my witt's end!  I'm working with f123, a manjaro
>>>>>>> based distro, and have had really good luck, until it
>>>>>>> comes to console speech using espeakup.
>>>>>>> It'll speak for about 30 seconds, then I get a
>>>>>>> pulseaudio error that looks like this.
>>>>>>> assirtion 'p' failed at pulse/simple.c:273, function
>>>>>>> pa_simple_write(). Aborting.
>>>>>>> It's shot me down on every manjaro based distro I've
>>>>>>> tried. Others have seemed to get speech in console, but
>>>>>>> I can't seem to make it happen. Vinux has
>>>>>>> it, and if i have to i'll put vinux on both machines,
>>>>>>> but that seems a little nuts.  I like vinux, and am
>>>>>>> using it now, but would also like the
>>>>>>> opportunity to work with these other distros.  I've been
>>>>>>> able to install my favorite programs, but trying to use
>>>>>>> them from a terminal just doesn't read
>>>>>>> well, so I need the console.
>>>>>>> Oh, and before someone says google it, I've done that
>>>>>>> for a week. Nothing helps.  LOL!
>>>>>>> Mark Peveto
>>>>>>> Registered Linux user number 600552
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