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Re: Compilation of espeak server for emacspeak35 on Debian Squeeze

Tim Cross writes:
> Personally, I find it necessary to build espeak from the dev sources and modify
> the espeak makefile so that it links against pulseaudio rather than
> protaudio. The default debian/ubuntu build is linked against portaudio, which I
> find makes espeak more sluggish and unresponsive than necessary. Others have
> reported never geting pulsaudio working reliably and I seem to be alone in
> this, but it works really well for me (I now use pulsaudio for ViaVoice
> outlouad as well and no longer require any .asoundrc file). 
Interesting. I can see how this could work for Emacspeak users just as
it does for Orca.

Unfortunately, for those of us who also use Speakup, pulse audio isn't
an option inasmuch as it truncates audio output as soon as one switches
consoles, e.g. Alt-F2.

It's actually quite quaint in how it resumes playing the stream exactly
where it was interrupted when you return to the original console.

But there's another reason why I don't see pulseaudio being acceptable
as an adequate solution, namely that it denies audio device access to
root. Go figure. /dev/vcs* isn't denied to root, but audio is. May you
never see the dreaded "Give root password for system maintenance."


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