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hpr1284 :: Blather Speech Recognition for Linux: Interview with Jezra

Jon Kulp interviews Jezra about speech recognition with Blather

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Hosted by Jon Kulp on 2013-07-04 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
accessibility, Speech Recognition, Speech Recognition In Linux, bash scripting, GNU/Linux (Operating System), sphinx, pocketsphinx. 2.
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A conversation with Jezra, sometime HPR host and the lead developer of the Blather speech recognition program for Linux.


Editor's Note 2019-05-22: some links in these notes were broken but have been updated with the kind help of Jon himself.


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Comment #1 posted on 2014-06-16 22:07:14 by ash


I am looking for a program that can write the words I say to text and read out the text I have written. For now I Orcra from gimp and using debian as the operating system. Would hear whether you can use blather about this?

About the installation of blather.

And I get this

**Error**: You must have `autoconf' installed to. Download the appropriate package for your distribution, or get the source tarball at

**Error**: You must have `libtool' installed. Get (or a newer version if it is available)

**Error**: You must have `automake' installed. Get (or a newer version if it is available) cp: kan ikke udføre stat() på './src/gst-plugin/.libs/': Ingen sådan fil eller filkatalog root@Stationer:/home/root/pocketsphinx-0.8# get_blather bash: git: command not found root@Stationer:/home/root# conf cp: kan ikke udføre stat() på '/home/root/blather/commands.tmp': Ingen sådan fil eller filkatalog bash: /home/root/bin/ Ingen sådan fil eller filkatalog chmod: kan ikke tilgå '/home/root/bin/': Ingen sådan fil eller filkatalog

Greetings from Ash

Comment #2 posted on 2014-07-07 10:57:32 by Jon Kulp

Help for Ash

Hi Ash,

sorry for the delay in responding but I only just now heard that there was a comment on this episode. It looks from the error message as if you need to install the "build-essential" package and also the "gnome-common" package (for autoconf). That's not to say that blather will necessarily do what you need it to do (it can't do dictation) but this should help you get past those error messages at least.

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