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Almost decent working standard packaged emacspeak/eflite on Debian 7.2

Hi list.  I've been running emacspeak happily since about the year
2000,. starting out on ViaVoice outloud and then eflite.

Eflite has become less reliable over time and I presume might not even
be well supported lately, if at all.

Anyway, recently upgraded to a fresh Debian on Toshiba laptop and was
pleased that all the standard packaged emacspeak goodies did work
straight out of the box.

There is a problem however that is a nuisance but one that I've seen
previously and just always tolerated.  I felt like asking  the
brain-trust here  though in case there's an easy fix.

Basically, the eflite driver or flite synth itself just plain chokes
frequently and requires a restart.

I do not encounter the problem in top-down reading of larger chunks of
text but it happens frequently when arrowing around.

Literally, it's like Mr. Eflite choked on a big piece of steak and his
wind pipe closed entirely.  It happens sometimes on text input as well
and in fact I had to restart once while writing this.

Relevant versions shown below.

Anyone else who's ran across this and found a reliable fix or
workaround, please advise.

Emacspeak 29.0

GNU Emacs 23.4.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.24.10) of 2012-09-08 on trouble, modified by Debian

$ cat /etc/debian_version

$ eflite --version
Eflite 0.4.1

$ flite --version
  Carnegie Mellon University, Copyright (c) 1999-2009, all rights reserved
  version: flite-1.4-release December 2009 (http://cmuflite.org)

Thank you

Jerry Sievers
e: gsievers19@comcast.net
p: 312.241.7800

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