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

Bernhard Landauer oberon at manjaro.org
Fri Jan 8 18:18:36 CET 2016

For everything you explain I think we should definitely use the new 
sources with the old name, because like that the old package will be 
updated for the current users with a working version!

On 08/01/16 18:11, kendell clark wrote:
> hi
> 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
> Thanks
> 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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