speech-dispatcher - server process managing speech requests in Speech Dispatcher


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


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/speechd-debug
-h, --help
Print this info


Please report bugs to <speechd-bugs [at]>



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.