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server process managing speech requests in Speech Dispatcher

see also : spd-say


speech-dispatcher [-{d|s}] [-l {1|2|3|4|5}] [-c com_method] [-S socket_path] [-p port] | [-v] | [-h]

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speech-dispatcher is a server process that is responsible for transforming requests for text-to-speech output into actual speech hearable in the speakers. It arbitrates concurrent speech requests based on message priorities, and abstracts different speech synthesizers. Client programs, like screen readers or navigation software, send speech requests to speech-dispatcher using TCP protocol (with the help of client libraries). speech-dispatcher is usually started automatically by client libraries (i.e. autospawn), so you only need to run it manually if testing/debugging, or when in other explicit need for a special setup.


-d, --run-daemon

Run as a daemon

-s, --run-single

Run as single application

-a, --spawn

Start only if autospawn is not disabled

-l, --log-level

Set log level (1..5)

-c, --communication-method

Communication method to use (unix_socket or inet_socket) -S, --socket-path Socket path to use for ’unix_socket’ method (filesystem path or ’default’)

-p, --port

Specify a port number for ’inet_socket’ method

-P, --pid-file

Set path to pid file

-C, --config-dir

Set path to configuration

-v, --version

Report version of this program

-D, --debug

Output debugging information into /tmp/.speech-dispatcher

-h, --help

Print this info


Please report bugs to <speechd-bugs[:at:]freebsoft[:dot:]org>

see also


The full documentation for speech-dispatcher is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and speech-dispatcher programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info speech-dispatcher

should give you access to the complete manual.

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