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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


       For   more  information  about  Speakup,  visit  its  homepage:
       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 <>.