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Re: Debian package emacspeak_13.0-1.deb

Please follow up to emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu or
debian-emacsen@lists.debian.org (or directly to me).

"James R. Van Zandt" <jrv@vanzandt.mv.com> writes:

> I have packaged emacspeak 13.0 for Debian.  Eventually, you should be
> able to find it here in any Debian mirror site:
> 	dists/woody/main/binary-all/editors/emacspeak_13.0-1.deb
> It is also at my web site:
> 	http://www.mv.com/ipusers/vanzandt/
> and at the blinux ftp site.
> This package is in the "unstable" Debian distribution.  I expect the
> next Debian release is at least six months away.
> The README.debian file for the emacspeak package is attached.
>                        - Jim Van Zandt <jrv@vanzandt.mv.com>
> emacspeak for DEBIAN
> ----------------------

>Starting with version 11.0, the Emacspeak sources include a speech
>server written in C++ for the IBM ViaVoice speech synthesis software.
>However, it depends on the ViaVoice runtime kit which does not meet
>the Debian Free Software Guidelines.  (It is available only as object
>code, and only under a temporary license.)  Therefore, support for
>ViaVoice is not included in this Debian package.  IBM is making beta
>copies of ViaVoice for i386 available without charge.  If you would
>like to try it, you can find some information at
>http://www-4.ibm.com/software/speech/dev/ttssdk_linux.html and
>download from http://www6.software.ibm.com/dl/viavoice/linux-p.  You
>need two files - the software developer kit and the run time kit.

Is this still the full story? Is the speech-enabled interface to
ViaVoice ASR for dictation not available under Debian Linux?

> files.  You can convert these to Debian packages and install them as
> follows:
> 	tar -xf viavoice_tts_rtk_5.tar
> 	tar -xf viavoice_tts_sdk_5.tar
> 	fakeroot alien -d ViaVoice_TTS_rtk-5.1-1.2.i386.rpm
>         fakeroot alien -d ViaVoice_TTS_sdk-5.1-1.2.i386.rpm

Please note that `alien' does not include the Red Hat
post-installation scripts in the resulting Debian package (I
understand this is a feature, not a bug).

> 	dpkg -i --force-overwrite viavoice-tts-rtk_5.1-2.2_i386.deb \
> 		 viavoice-tts-sdk_5.1-2.2_i386.deb

Now it is necessary to do by hand some configuration equivalent to the
original Red Hat post-installation scripts. If you already removed the
original Red Hat packages or you don't know how to unpack them, then
you are in trouble.

> (The last step must be performed as root.  If you run alien as root,
> you may omit the use of fakeroot.  The --force-overwrite flag is
> necessary because several files appear in both packages.)  At this
> point, please read /usr/doc/ViaVoiceTTS/ttssd.lic.la.txt.gz,
> /usr/doc/ViaVoiceTTS/ttsrt.lic.ila.txt.gz, and
> /usr/doc/ViaVoiceTTS/ttsrt.lic.ila.eval.txt.gz and decide whether you
> can accept the terms of the IBM license.  

To say the truth, I find the licenses, especially TTS SDK one, rather
confusing. It seems that you are are allowed to use Viavoice TTS for 3 months.
On the other hand, some IBM WWW pages seem to contradict the licences
included in the modules. Can somebody provide the reliable information
how to obtain ViaVoice TTS for permanent use?

>If so, you can then unpack
> the Emacspeak sources (either from
> debian/dists/stable/main/source/editors/emacspeak_11.0.orig.tar.gz on
Do you really mean version eleven?

> The Emacspeak-HOWTO contains additional documentation.  The plain text
> form of this can be found in the Debian package doc-linux, and is
> installed as /usr/doc/HOWTO/Emacspeak-HOWTO.gz.  Other formats are
> also available.  For example, these can be found at sunsite.unc.edu:
>   /pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/other-formats/dvi/Emacspeak-HOWTO.dvi.gz
>   /pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/other-formats/html/Emacspeak-HOWTO-html.tar.gz
>   /pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/other-formats/ps/Emacspeak-HOWTO.ps.gz
>   /pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/other-formats/sgml/Emacspeak-HOWTO.sgml.gz

Do you mean version 1.1 of 2 February 1997? This is what is included
in the official Debian 2.2 distribution.

Best regards and thanks for your effort

Janusz S. Bień

P.S. What about cross-posting such announcements to

dr hab. Janusz S. Bien, prof. UW
Prof. Janusz S. Bien, Warsaw Uniwersity
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