[manjaro-dev] espeak text to speech has been forked

Bernhard Landauer oberon at manjaro.org
Fri Jan 8 18:00:05 CET 2016

Hi Kendell!
First of all let me say that you are certainly not stepping on anyone's 
toes, don't you worry! ;) :)
The current manjaro version of espeak uses Reece Dunn's fork already, 
but it looks like you are using another new source now.
When we had our huge ABI rebuild I was not able to compile espeak 
anymore and Philip had to perform some advanced magic to be able to 
re-buld the package at all.
I would suggest that we simply use the -ng source to build a new manjaro 
espeak package with the same old name. What do you think, Philip?
kind greetings

On 08/01/16 17:42, kendell clark wrote:
> hi all
> I wrote a message to the orca and other blindness related linux lists 
> a few weeks back, but I'm writing one hear. The espeak text to speech 
> program and voices have been forked by reece dunn, the developer of 
> the espeak fork for android. This was done because multiple people 
> have tried and failed to get ahold of johnathan duddington, some going 
> as far as to get his uk phone number and address, which no longer seem 
> to be active.
> I have uploaded an espeak-ng package to the community repository, or a 
> package build at least. This has been tested and does work on my 
> system. I have not deleted the existing espeak package build because 
> this is maintained by burnhard, and I won't remove other's packages 
> without conscent. I have uploaded this package because most linux 
> distributions have switched or are going to switch over to espeak-ng, 
> because it seems unlikely that espeak itself will see much 
> development. However this is a git package, temporarily. Once 
> espeak-ng has an official release, which will happen very soon, I will 
> convert this to using the stable version, since I think git packages 
> are frowned upon. I hope I haven't misstepped, I am only trying to 
> stay on top of things.
>  I'm also not sure who should maintain this. I don't think I'm good 
> enough at package builds to maintain them myself, but I could 
> certainly help co maintain with someone else, updating the version to 
> stable when available, making small changes hear and there so the 
> actual maintainer doesn't have to do so much work. Any thoughts, 
> criticisms, comments, etc very welcome
> Thanks
> Kendell clark
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