espeakup — connect Speakup to the ESpeak TTS engine
] [ --default-voice=voicename
] [ --help
] [ --version
- -P path, --pid-path=path
- Set the full path for the pid file espeakup uses when in
- -V voicename, --default-voice=voicename
- Set the espeak voice to be used by default.
- -d, --debug
- run in the foreground, rather than becoming a daemon
- -h, --help
- display a brief help message and exit.
- -v, --version
- output version information and exit.
Espeakup bridges the gap between two tools: the Speakup screen review system and
the ESppeak text-to-speech engine. Each of these tools performs a well-defined
task. Speakup is a kernel-based screen reader for the Linux console. It
extracts and processes the text that is displayed on the foreground virtual
console. It supports several hardware based speech synthesizers directly.
However, since it is in kernel space, it cannot support a software speech
synthesizer directly since these are in user space. ESpeak is a popular
software speech synthesizer. It is small, light weight, very responsive, and
supports multiple languages. Espeakup is a connector which will read text sent
to it by speakup and forward it to ESpeak. This allows Speakup to use ESpeak
as its speech synthesizer.
Espeakup is a daemon. Typically, it is started at boot time, and it terminates
when the system is halted or rebooted. It should be started by the system's
init scripts. This process varies among Linux distributions, but the details
are usually managed by the person who packaged Espeakup for your distribution.
From the perspective of an average user, Espeakup's operation is invisible.
Espeakup is still classified as alpha software. Bugs are periodically found and
fixed. If you find a bug, please do report it to the author. You might also
consider mentioning it on the mailing list for the Speakup screenreader. Visit
http://speech.braille.uwo.ca/mailman/listinfo/speakup to learn more about the
For more information about Speakup, visit its homepage:
http://linux-speakup.org. ESpeak's home page is http://espeak.sourceforge.net.
William Hubbs is the author and maintainer of Espeakup. He may be reached via
the email address <email@example.com>. This manual page was written by
Chris Brannon, and his email address is <firstname.lastname@example.org>.