console speech

Christopher Chaltain chaltain at
Fri Jun 3 06:37:06 UTC 2016

I'm not sure I'd say Pulse is not compatible with SpeakUp. I use Pulse 
and SpeakUp all of the time. I'm running Vinux, and I just execute sudo 
speechd-up before logging into a console, and this gives me speech in 
the console. This tells me there's something else at play here besides 
just Pulse and SpeakUp.

On 02/06/16 13:33, Alonzo Cuellar wrote:
> 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.
> Alonzo
> 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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