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Bug#887527: ITP: pico2wave -- command line text-to-speech converter




Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Paolo Greppi <paolo.greppi@xxxxxxxxx>

* Package name    : pico2wave
  Version         : 1.0.0
  Upstream Author : Paolo Greppi <paolo.greppi@xxxxxxxxx>
* URL             : https://salsa.debian.org/paolog-guest/pico2wave
* License         : Apache-2.0
  Programming Lang: C
  Description     : command line text-to-speech converter

 pico2wave is a command-line utility to convert text to speech
 using the SVOX Pico engine.
 It accepts the text either on the command line or from stdin,
 and writes to a WAV file.

The pico2wave utility is already available in debian.
The binary ATM is somewhat confusingly provided by libttspico-utils.

AS per https://bugs.debian.org/883156, svox version 1.0+git20130326-8 already includes my patch to support stdin, albeit up to 32767 characters.

The idea is to separate the libttspico-utils binary package from the svox source package.
In this way it will have its own version number, plus the code would not be in a patch but in plaintext.

It will produce a new binary pico2wave and a transitional libttspico-utils as per:
https://wiki.debian.org/RenamingPackages

The plan is also to overcome the 32767 characters limitation by:
1. breaking up the text in chunks of < 32767 characters using some sort of elementary Sentence Boundary Detection algorithm
2. process the chunks in the synthesis loop

sthibault has agreed to sponsor the upload.

Paolo