The title may sound silly, but on Ubuntu 13.10, I'm getting frequent audible notifications using text to speech.
Is this the "speech dispatcher" and how can I disable it?
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I had the same problem maybe, starting with Ubuntu 15.04. The Screen reader is off, same with the dispatcher setting; but it keeps telling me what I'm typing.
I have running four dispatcher, all at the time that can't be killed because they're starting again directly. To solve my problem, I went to System Settings -> Sound. On Applications, I muted the four speech-dispatcher.
Do you want to change the systemwide settings for Speech Dispatcher? The (yes/no) systemwide settings for Speech Dispatcher can be changed by editing the
Open the terminal and from the terminal open the
/etc/default/speech-dispatcher file for editing in nano text editor:
sudo nano '/etc/default/speech-dispatcher'
Find the lines in speech-dispatcher that say:
# Set to yes to start system wide Speech Dispatcher RUN=yes
This will disable the system wide speech dispatcher audible notifications, if they have been previously enabled. Press the keyboard combination Ctrl+O and after that press Enter to save the speech-dispatcher file. Press the keyboard combination Ctrl+X to exit nano.
You can still toggle enable/disable the screen reader after it has been turned off systemwide by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+Super+S
You can disable it in following ways :-
Press Alt + Super + S
or goto System Settings > Universal Access > Turn Off Screen Reader
If you will check your System Setting > Sound > Applications then may be you can find that some instance of Speech Dispatcher is running. You can kill the running instances in this way:-
deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ ps aux | grep speech deepak 2593 0.0 0.0 289004 5076 ? Sl 10:10 0:00 /usr/lib/speech-dispatcher-modules/sd_dummy /etc/speech-dispatcher/modules/dummy.conf deepak 2599 0.0 0.0 289004 5008 ? Sl 10:10 0:00 /usr/lib/speech-dispatcher-modules/sd_cicero /etc/speech-dispatcher/modules/cicero.conf deepak 2603 0.1 0.1 531004 9608 ? Sl 10:10 0:03 /usr/lib/speech-dispatcher-modules/sd_espeak /etc/speech-dispatcher/modules/espeak.conf deepak 2632 0.0 0.0 289016 5024 ? Sl 10:10 0:00 /usr/lib/speech-dispatcher-modules/sd_generic /etc/speech-dispatcher/modules/generic.conf deepak 2635 0.0 0.0 104284 2320 ? Ssl 10:10 0:00 /usr/bin/speech-dispatcher --spawn --socket-path /run/user/1000/speech-dispatcher/speechd.sock --port 6560 --communication-method unix_socket deepak 4708 0.0 0.0 21292 944 pts/9 S+ 11:05 0:00 grep --color=auto speech deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ kill 2593 deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ kill 2599 deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ kill 2603 deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ kill 2632 deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ kill 2635 deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$ ps aux | grep speech deepak 4719 0.0 0.0 21292 944 pts/9 S+ 11:06 0:00 grep --color=auto speech deepak@SpiritualDixit-PC:~$