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espeakup (actually espeak) and pulseaudio / portaudio [Was: espeakup_0.71-20_amd64.changes ACCEPTED into unstable]


Please don't hijack threads, notably "ACCEPT" threads. Your mail almost
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Jude DaShiell, on Fri 01 Jan 2016 12:15:03 -0500, wrote:
> I've been told if espeakup finds pulseaudio installed it will use
> pulseaudio.

Well, espeakup itself does not use pulseaudio or portaudio (it does not
even depend on either), it's libespeak1 which uses one or the other.

espeak is indeed built with AUDIO=runtime, which allows it to use either
portaudio or pulseaudio as desired by the user.

>  For now, I cannot uninstall portaudio to  find out if espeakup can use
> pulseaudio once uninstalled

Actually it's the converse: espeak always tries to use pulseaudio, and
reverts back to portaudio only if pulseaudio is not working.

> Probably on installation an installer ought to have the option to
> use pulseaudio or portaudio

That would be yet another additional question which would be obscure for
most users, we don't really want that.

> if I reinstall espeakup will it use portaudio or pulseaudio
> while both portaudio and pulseaudio packages are on the machine.

As I said, espeak (and thus espeakup) should already be trying to
use pulseaudio by default. If that's not the case, then it's where
investigation needs to be done.


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