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Re: Emacspeak with eSpeak losing speech on Vinux 4

Good catch Jason!  Thanks for tracking this down.

The many permutations that are possible is what makes
debugging/fixing this so hard -- thanks for chasing down one
clearly broken combination.
>>>>> "Jason" == Jason White <jason@jasonjgw.net> writes:
    Jason> Tim Cross <tcross@une.edu.au> wrote:
    >> If I understand your setup and how our running emacs and
    >> emacspeak, I don't think gnome-orca is the issue.
    Jason> I agree. I've just discovered (under debian, at least,
    Jason> and it seems to be a problem in the Espeak code
    Jason> itself) that the AUDIO=runtime compile-time flag,
    Jason> which is supposed to invoke PulseAudio when the latter
    Jason> is available, always uses PortAudio, hence ALSA
    Jason> directly, instead. The wrapper functions which are
    Jason> meant to choose the output method dynamically are
    Jason> never called.
    Jason> The result is that PulseAudio is bypassed unless Alsa
    Jason> is configured to use it by default (in which case, we
    Jason> still get underruns and other errors about which the
    Jason> Alsa library complains on standard error).
    Jason> I've formally reported the ESpeak bug to Debian, from
    Jason> where I expect it will be taken upstream.
    Jason> Note that Speech-Dispatcher is unaffected because it
    Jason> handles the audio output directly rather than via
    Jason> ESpeak, whereas the Emacspeak speech server uses
    Jason> Espeak itself to handle the output device.
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