What is "speech dispatcher"?
I’m having trouble getting sound out of Ubuntu. Some article advised to enable the “speech dispatcher” from
/etc/default/speech-dispatcher. What is it? What does it do? Any ideas?
speech-dispatcher man pages:
speech-dispatcher is a server process that is responsible for trans‐
forming requests for text-to-speech output into actual speech hearable
in the speakers. It arbitrates concurrent speech requests based on mes‐
sage 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 manu‐
ally if testing/debugging, or when in other explicit need for a special
Unless you already modified your system settings, the spd should already be started automatically.
It’s a daemon that programs can use to output speech, without caring about the actual speech synthesis software required for the language.
Project homepage is http://devel.freebsoft.org/speechd
You can use it with
$ spd-say Hello!