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       espeakup — connect Speakup to the ESpeak TTS engine


       espeakup  [  --default-voice=voicename  ]  [  --debug  ]  [  --help ] [
       --version ]


       -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 process.

       -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  to  learn   more
       about the mailing list.


       For  more  information about Speakup, visit its homepage: http://linux-  ESpeak’s home page is


       William Hubbs is the author and maintainer  of  Espeakup.   He  may  be
       reached  via the email address <>.  This manual page
       was  written   by   Chris   Brannon,   and   his   email   address   is