[fenrir-screenreader] Re: No speech with fenrir on ubuntu 21.1

  • From: chrys <chrys@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: fenrir-screenreader@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 17:08:13 +0100

Howdy Pranav,

you are welcome :).

//I see that system d has been updated so I will test what happens when I launch x.

well, there is still a pending patch for X11 to make startx running well with logind (fenrir autosuspend).

but you can use storm_dragons script to start X, this suspends fenrir, startsx and reactivate fenrir after X closed.

he pushed it into master, see here:


you can set an alias to startx and there you go :).

i hope this helps

cheers chrys

Am 13.01.22 um 17:02 schrieb pranav.lal@xxxxxxxxx:

Hi Chrys,

Many thanks.

 1. I had not installed ebdev and pyudev using sudo. That was my first
 2. Once I did that, I then had to reset the speech driver to generic.

I now have speech on the console.

I see that system d has been updated so I will test what happens when I launch x.

Thanks again.


*From:* fenrir-screenreader-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <fenrir-screenreader-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> *On Behalf Of *Linux A11y
*Sent:* Thursday, January 13, 2022 11:26 AM
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*Subject:* [fenrir-screenreader] Re: No speech with fenrir on ubuntu 21.1

Howdy Pranav,

Looking at your debug file i see two separate issues
1. is the reason why speech is not working for you:
ERROR 2022-01-13 00:18:12.340337: speechDriver initialize:Can't open socket using method unix_socket
Original error: [Errno 111] Connection refused
Additional error: Server refused to autospawn, stating this reason: b''

2. there seems to be  an issue with input as well:

ERROR 2022-01-13 00:18:13.920011: Loading Driver inputDriver (evdevDriver) FAILED:name 'UInput' is not defined

1. seems that speech-dispatcher is not configured properly for user root. It is not able to spawn for some unknown reason. Try the following:

Login as root


follow the instructions on the screen and select the parameters for your setup.


2. what version of python3-evdev do you have installed? Seems its not detected or installed properly, how did you installed it?


sudo pip3 install evdev

Cheers chrys

    Am 13.01.2022 um 01:27 schrieb pranav.lal@xxxxxxxxx:

    Hi all,

    I have setup Fenrir and have also run the pulse audio
    configuration script.

    I still have no speech on ubuntu 21.1.

    I do hear the sound that signals that Fenrir has loaded.

    Speech-dispatcher is working and I have tried the speech driver
    and the

    default generic driver but that has not helped.

    Orca works on the gui.

    I am attaching a debug log.

    I cannot see anything obvious.


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