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FS#38456 - [chromium] speech-dispatcher: Process 16149 (sd_festival) dumped core

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Robert Orzanna (orschiro) - Saturday, 11 January 2014, 09:31 GMT
Last edited by Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis) - Monday, 01 December 2014, 23:44 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis)
Architecture x86_64
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 4
Private No



I encounter regular core dumps related to speech-dispatcher when running chromium.

* journalctl reports:

Jan 11 09:42:42 thinkpad systemd-coredump[16150]: Process 16149 (sd_festival) dumped core.

* sudo systemd-coredumpctl

Sat 2014-01-11 09:42:42 CET 16149 1000 100 11 /usr/lib/speech-dispatcher-modules/sd_festival

What does this error exactly mean and how can I further trace it back?

Additional info:
* package version(s)
* config and/or log files etc.

speech-dispatcher 0.8-2
chromium 31.0.1650.63-1
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Closed by  Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis)
Monday, 01 December 2014, 23:44 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't fix
Additional comments about closing:  Speech Dispatcher is no longer used by default.
Comment by Robert Orzanna (orschiro) - Saturday, 25 January 2014, 00:51 GMT
I could get rid of the error message by installing the `festival` package. Apparently by default speech-dispatcher is looking for the festival voice recognition backend. But when installing chromium, festival is not automatically pulled as a dependency.

I am not sure, however, whether this should be the case since the backend used by speech-dispatcher can be chosen from multiple options.
Comment by Amitav (amitavmohanty01) - Friday, 04 April 2014, 11:23 GMT
sudo systemd-coredumpctl dump <PID>

says "Refusing to dump core to tty". I am not sure why. I could try installing festival but I doubt it might increase chromium load time.
Comment by Amitav (amitavmohanty01) - Friday, 04 April 2014, 11:33 GMT
Checking /etc/speech-dispatcher/speechd.conf I found the following line

DefaultModule espeak

Should this not try to use espeak? why is it trying for the festival backend? Am I getting something wrong here?
Comment by Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis) - Monday, 01 December 2014, 23:44 GMT
Usage of Speech Dispatcher has been disabled by default as it's considered buggy by upstream:

I'll go ahead and close this.