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emacspeak & audio icons
> I have been using emacspeak for 1 year and I love it. It got me
> through college and without it I would not be able to work on my sun
> workstation at work. Compared with JFW and other screen readers, it's
> so much more rebust and dependable.
Glad it helped-- can I expect a cheque:-)
> I use emacspeak at home on a linux system and at work on a sparc 5
> running solaris. Getting audio icons to work in my linux system was
> trivial; however, I haven't got audio icons to work at
> work. Interestingly enough, the play script works when I explicitly
> play a sound file in the sounds subdirectory of
do the following to track this down:
a) from the *scratch* buffer execute
i.e. type the above and type C-j at the end of the line to
execute the expression.
If you dont hear the icon (I suspect you wont)
check the following:
a) value of emacspeak-play-program
is this /usr/demo/SOUND/play or is it the emacspeak play
b)check value of emacspeak-sounds-directory
c) See what filename emacspeak goes looking for when playing
and make sure that it is constructing the correct pathname.
> When I looked at the emacspeak-sounds.el, I found the following
> comment; is this what I need to do?
> (defvar emacspeak-play-args ""
> Note: on sparc20's there is a sunos bug that causes the machine to crash if
> you attempt to play sound when /dev/audio is busy.
> It's imperative that you use the -i flag to play on sparc20's."
This comment applies if you use Sun's play executable that
comes in the /usr/demo/SOUND/play directory.
on my system it is
If you use the above (which you should)
make sure you set the play-args to "-i" as documented.
If you dont, at least on a sparc20 the workstation crashes
if two processes attempt to open the audio device
the -i flag causes play to quit rather than trying to open
> Do I just set the variable emacspeak-play-args to "-i" and re-run the
> emacspeak Makefile?
you dont set it in the emacspeak sources-- you set it in
your personal .emacs.
> I enjoy the icons so much at home that I'd get a kick out of havving
> them at work.
Can't live without them.
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