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

kendell clark coffeekingms at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 18:11:01 CET 2016

This is the main reason I switched to espeak-ng, because of the build 
errors. The current manjaro espeak package causes phoneme errors, which 
means espeak spells out each word rather than saying it. This does not 
happen with espeak-ng. Reece's fork on github I believe is no longer 
maintained in favor of espeak-ng, which is another reason I switched. 
There has also been a lot of internal rework of espeak's code in 
espeak-ng, which should severely cut down on build errors. Wx widgets is 
also no longer needed which will reduce the size considerably. Ruby-ronn 
is needed to convert the markdown documentation into html but I've 
already added this to the pkgbuild
Kendell clark

On 01/08/2016 11:00 AM, Bernhard Landauer wrote:
> 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
> Bernhard
> 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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