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Changes/Update festival to 2.5


Update the packaged festival speech synthesis system to the latest upstream version. And just as a bonus make it actually work.


Current status

Detailed Description

Festival provides capabilities for speech synthesis and a framework for synthetic voice creation. It generally provides higher quality voices than Espeak.

Benefit to Fedora

Sometime in the past, the current Festival package stopped working, more specifically segfaulting during any substantial operation. This proposes to update the Festival system to the latest upstream version which works. It also splits the huge Festival spec in to more manageable, smaller specifications. And, it adds a few more english voices, along with some indic voices as well.


  • Proposal owners:

Actually do the package updates (almost done) and get them in to Fedora.

  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering: #7551 (a check of an impact with Release Engineering is needed)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

You can install the new versions of the relevant packages from the copr repository at The basic usage scenarios (e. g. (SayText "Hello, world.") in the interactive prompt must work, also the speech dispatcher integration through speech-dispatcher-festival must work, of course after altering the speech dispatcher configuration).

User Experience

Users can actually start using Festival once again.


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? product


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes

  • Update the Festival speech synthesis system to version 2.5.
  • Release Notes tracking: #185