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#1 2013-12-24 06:49:51

orschiro
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[solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

Frequently I get the following error in my journalctl log:

Dec 24 06:39:55 thinkpad systemd-coredump[2022]: Process 1989 (sd_festival) dumped core.

I then used systemd-coredumpctl to trace back the error. It is caused by speech-dispatcher. Is this speech-dispatcher coredump something I have to worry about?

~ $ sudo systemd-coredumpctl          
TIME                                         PID   UID   GID SIG EXE
              Mon 2013-12-23 22:14:20 CET   2049  1000   100  11 /usr/lib/speech-dispatcher-modules/sd_festival
              Tue 2013-12-24 06:39:55 CET   1989  1000   100  11 /usr/lib/speech-dispatcher-modules/sd_festival

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#2 2014-01-10 08:57:49

orschiro
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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

I am still getting this coredump. How can I further trace back the error to see what exactly is causing it?

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#3 2014-01-23 18:49:48

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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

I am also receiving this error quite frequently. It seems that the binary file 'sd_festival' belongs to the package "speed-dispatcher". In my case I have speed-dispatcher 0.8.2 from x86_64 Extra installed: https://www.archlinux.org/packages/extr … ispatcher/

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#4 2014-01-23 19:19:09

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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

@Bastian,

Can you trace back when you get this coredump?

To me it seems to be related to Chromium. Same for you?

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#5 2014-01-23 19:21:42

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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

Since this dumps in sd_festival, do you use festival as you speech engine? What happens if you switch to espeak?

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#6 2014-01-23 20:32:13

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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

@prograndy

I am not aware of using any speech engine. However, I cannot uninstall speech-dispatcher as it is a dependency for Chromium.

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#7 2014-01-25 00:49:40

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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

So this coredump apparently happens if speech-dispatcher is installed as a dependency and is configured to use festival. If the latter is not installed, then it throws the coredump.

I just installed `festival` to check whether the error message really vanishes and indeed it does.

So either install festival next to speech-dispatcher or configure speech-dispatcher to use another voice recognition backend.

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#8 2014-01-25 11:39:14

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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

orschiro wrote:

@Bastian,

Can you trace back when you get this coredump?

To me it seems to be related to Chromium. Same for you?

Yes, I also have speech-dispatcher installed due to Chromium requiring it. I believe the coredump happens when I use/start Chromium.


orschiro wrote:

I just installed `festival` to check whether the error message really vanishes and indeed it does.

Great, thanks for sharing. I will test it out myself too.

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#9 2014-02-25 03:49:46

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Re: [solved] speech-dispatcher dumps core

I just noticed the following segfault while monitoring my dmesg output:

[Feb24 03:48] sd_festival[23899]: segfault at 2d0 ip 00007fbbc23451a1 sp 00007fff41ea2e80 error 4 in libpthread-2.19.so[7fbbc2338000+18000]

I was surprised to learn that I had *any* speech related software, as this machine has no speakers and I rarely use headphones with it. Upon trying to remove the speech-dispatcher package, I noted the same dependency that was called out above - chromium. Anyone interested in forking chromium to remove this ridiculous dependency?

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