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Re: [Fwd: Emacspeak with doubletalk LT. "process speaker not running" on gentoo]



From: gary fox <garyfox@scottsboro.org>
Subject: [Fwd: Emacspeak with doubletalk LT. "process speaker not running" on gentoo]
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 23:16:52 -0600

Gary,

note that there is a difference between standard TCL and Extended TCL.
Emacspeak requires extended TCL, often packaged as Tclx. You will probably also
need version 8.3 because version 8.4 no longer includes a tclx shell. 

Also, I'm not sure how good the support for DoubleTalk LT is. The last time I
tried it out, I found it was a bit out of date and did not work correctly with
more recent versions of Emacspeak. The support for the DoubleTalk LT was
written some time back and I'm not sure to what extent it has been maintained.
As it is not a standard component of emacspeak, but rather work contributed by
a user. you may need to tweak it a bit. From memory, it didn't handle
processing of control strings used in other servers (notably the Double Talk
Express) correctly. However, it was some time ago when I tried it, so things
may have been updated. At the time, I think I did enough diagnosis to determine
it wouldn't be too difficult to fix, but I got distracted on other things and
didn't go any further. 

regards,

Tim

> I have done a little more digging into this problem.
> 
> After following the instructions in the TROUBLESHOOT file I found that
> my distro's version of tcl does not implement the fcntl command used in
> doubletalk.
> 
> I have some work ahead of me determining what should be installed to get
> tcl working right.  In anycase the problem is with my distro of Linux
> and I will be working through the problem with gentoo and not bothering
> you all until I can describe the final fix because you will probably run
> into it again.
> 
> Gary Fox
> 
> 
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> From: gary fox <garyfox@scottsboro.org>
> To: emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu
> Subject: Emacspeak with doubletalk LT. "process speaker not running" on
> gentoo
> Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 21:27:13 -0600
> 
> HELLO ALL:
> 
> I have burned up the net wires trying to find an answer to what is
> probably a simple problem (just not simple to me!)
> 
> Emacspeak with doubletalk LT. "process speaker not running"
> 
> Any suggestions to try to get this thing running are welcomed... I am
> trying to set up a computer for my blind father.
> 
> Gentoo distribution with the following software
> kernel version 2.6.18
> emacs version 21.4
> emacspeak version 24
> emacspeak-ss version 1.9.1
> 
> Initial problem was "The speech server is not running".
> per suggestions on emacspeak forum thread to "problems with emacspeak
> installation on gentoo" (2004) question I did the following.
> 
> Modified emacspeak in /usr/bin by adding the following lines
> export DTK_PROGRAM=doubletalk
> export DTK_PORT=/dev/ttyS0
> unset DTK_TCL
> 
> Modified doubletalk in /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/servers
> set permissions to make executable. (chmod 755)
> added first line:
> #!/usr/bin/tclsh
> 
> error changed to "process speaker not running" and it looks as if the
> speach server is running.
> 
> again following some suggestions from that forum I did the following.
> to check permissions on /dev/ttyS0 did the following
> stty -F /dev/ttyS0 sane
> echo "Happy happy joy joy" > /dev/ttyS0
> and the doubletalk worked!!!! while in root
> 
> added standard user to group uucp and now works with normal user.
> 
> However once running emacspeak still get the same error and
> doubletalk will not work with the echo command without first running
> the stty command which tells me somehow emacspeak is changing the ttyS0
> setting
> 
> I tried running strace per some other suggestions and quickly determined
> I am in over my head. Help!
> 
> 
> 
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