Run the UNIX 'say' command on a droplet

March 5, 2015 2.8k views
Linux Basics Miscellaneous Node.js System Tools

I know it sounds silly, but I’d like to run the ‘say’ command from my droplet — you can save the output by adding ’-o filename.aiff’, and I’d like to use those files for my app. It’s simpler than using a text-to-speech API from elsewhere, and I like the stock voices.

Understandably, my droplet doesn’t have the correct drivers. I get the following error:

ALSA lib confmisc.c:768:(parse_card) cannot find card '0'
ALSA lib conf.c:4248:(_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_card_driver returned error: No such file or directory
ALSA lib confmisc.c:392:(snd_func_concat) error evaluating strings
ALSA lib conf.c:4248:(_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_concat returned error: No such file or directory
ALSA lib confmisc.c:1251:(snd_func_refer) error evaluating name
ALSA lib conf.c:4248:(_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_refer returned error: No such file or directory
ALSA lib conf.c:4727:(snd_config_expand) Evaluate error: No such file or directory
ALSA lib pcm.c:2239:(snd_pcm_open_noupdate) Unknown PCM default
audio_open_alsa: failed to open audio device default. No such file or directory

I tried installing the ALSA drivers and libraries, but it still doesn’t work. I’ve exhausted my own knowledge here — does anyone have any advice?

3 Answers

This is great! I’ll give it a shot now, thanks so much.

Hrm this is proving to be fairly tricky — have you ever done this successfully on a droplet yourself?

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