installing ubuntu with speakup

Volodymyr Dorozhinsky dorozhinsky at
Fri Feb 3 17:27:26 UTC 2023

Hi David,

I am currently using Ubuntu-Mate 22.04 and I've managed to install 
espeakup package successfully. Do You see any errors during its 
installation? If the package was successfully installed what is the 
output of:

systemctl status espeakup.service

If the service is not running one should start it with:

sudo systemctl start espeakup.service

Also what I've noticed is that espeakup will not talk in tty console 
when orca is running in graphical environment. So to make it work I am 
doing the following steps:

1. Login to graphical environment.

2. In graphical environment (Mate DE in my case) open a terminal and run:

killall orca # WARNING! This will terminate orca

3. Then switch to tty e.g. tty 3 by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F3 and login 
there. After login espeakup should talk.

Best regards


On 2/3/23 16:41, David wrote:
> Hi there –
> After numerous tries, I am still unsuccessful in getting speakup to 
> work with ubuntu, and I contribute that largely to operator error 
> [that’s me!]
> So, here I am, asking if anyone has step-by-step instructions on how 
> to install ubuntu from stratch and have speakup working correctly?
> Use server version? Use desktop version? Do something else?
> I do not need any desktop environments, just the plain command-line 
> interface with speakup
> Thank you very much in advance, talk soon
> --David
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