libttspico-utils source package not found

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Tue Dec 5 19:16:55 UTC 2017

Hi John,

On Mon, Dec 04, 2017 at 01:45:53PM -0500, John McCardle wrote:
> I was searching for ways to make espeak's text-to-speech sound more natural
> (postprocessing, I imagined), and instead came across pico2wave- a tool from
> libttspico-utils. The audio it generates does sound more natural, and it
> sounded a little familiar. Apparently it's the default voice for at least
> some previous versions of android.

> I was interested in getting the source, partly to see how such a small
> program made such a decent voice, and also to see if this program phones
> home to big G in any way. (It works with the wifi off, but why not look and
> see?)

> $ apt source libttspico-utils
> Reading package lists... Done
> Picking 'svox' as source package instead of 'libttspico-utils'
> E: Unable to find a source package for svox

'apt source' uses the entries in your /etc/apt/sources.list to locate the
sources, and you evidently don't have deb-src lines configured for
multiverse.  So even though your apt sees the binary package, it does not
know how to get the source package.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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