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multiple emacspeak sessions and viovoice on laptops


remember fixing something silly with this a couple of weeks ago.  

problem is i forget what it was.

my situation is slightly different in that i am using a sblive which
does multiple opens of /dev/dsp at once.  the remote tcp emacspeak
wouldn't work with viavoice.  when you used telnet back to the speech
server port on the desktop from the remote machine to test the
connection some variable (i'm sorry i can't remember which one) wasn't
set and that was why things were not working.  I suggest a telnet from
the remote machine back to the speech server port on the desktop to
investigate what's happening.

Not sure if that's your problem, but it may be worth a try.

RAYNER Peter writes:
 > I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my attempts to get multiple
 > emacspeak sessions talking through viavoice.  I think a fair bit of my
 > thought at that stage was wrong so I should try again.  
 > Here's the set-up: emacspeak-12.0 on rh6.2 using the viavoice beta (is
 > this still the only version for linux?) all running on a Dell
 > CPIR-GT400.  Sadly this machine doesn't have multiplexed sound
 > capability in hardware, a disadvantage in several respects.
 > On this machine (I'll call it my-machine here) I can start two
 > emacspeak sessions on two virtual consoles and switch between them.
 > There's usually a delay as I do so.  I'm betting the speech-server
 > dies and restarts each time, although the MESSAGES buffer doesn't
 > *seem* to show this as universal.  Raman had mentioned to me there
 > might be some timing issues.  Anyway it always comes back to life.
 > Of course running two emacspeak sessions on the same machine isn't the
 > most useful thing one can do.   On the second virtual console I can
 > also rlogin to remote-machine  and start emacspeak there with the
 > remote-tcl script as the server and the variables set to point back to
 > my-machine.  This also works and I can also switch between the two
 > virtual consoles, again with a delay.  Presumably  the speech-server
 > is being killed and restarted many many times.  
 > What I *can't*  do is start the direct tcp-based server  and have
 > remote-machine point back to it.  Is this because the speech-server
 > won't kill the existing one and take over the dsp?  Certainly, as I
 > mentioned last time, it complains  about not being able to open the
 > DSP.  
 > Some fixes:
 > 1) convince work to buy a new laptop with more advanced sound
 > capability.  Other advantages would be getting auditory icons and
 > real-audio etc.  
 > 2) Hope ESD can fill the gap in software, didn't look like much
 > advance there last I looked.
 > 3) try to get the tcp-based speech-server to emulate the homicidal
 > tendencies of the rsh-based one.  
 > 4) Try to arrange a vioavoice server which can accept multiple connections
 > Are there, btw, many other people using viovoice on laptops and
 > running into these kind of restrictions?
 > regards
 > Peter Rayner
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