Pipewire and Orca and audio

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Mon Nov 29 12:13:23 UTC 2021

Orca speaks through speech-dispatcher which manage the audio output.

but please note that as of today, there is no audio driver for pipewire in
speech-dispatcher, help welcome to provide one:


meanwhile I suggest that you just edit /etc/speech-dispatcher-speechd.conf,
setting either:
AudioOutputMethod "libao"
AudioOutputMethod "pulse"
AudioOutputMethod "alsa"

Indeed the corresponding software should be installed.


Le 29/11/2021 à 12:44, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
> So I'm convinced now Pipewire is doing something funky on 
> qemu/Virtualbox. I've spun up a quick and dirty Arch system running Mate 
> via startx. Pulse works fine but the moment I redo the install with 
> Pipewire, Orca keels over.
> So is there anything special I need to do in order to get Pipewire to 
> play nice? I did sudo pacman -S pipewire pipewire-pulse wireplumber and 
> am trying to go with a Pipewire and Wireplumber setup. All other audio, 
> like YT vids, works fine, Orca just comes out as a garbled mess, so it 
> looks at least to me like Pulse works better on my system.
> Anyone else run into this with Arch or other distros using Pipewire and 
> fiure out a solution? There's not much online really about it, just 
> articles on oh it's a bug, or oh replace Pulse with Pipewire
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