Embarrassing, but after system upgrade say vanished from it -- either it is no longer provided by the distro, or I installed it independently before (but I don't remember how and where from).

The problem is say word is so ubiquitous word, that google search is useless when looking for it.

For the record say is quite old now program, that can either pronounce the given text or convert it to SAMPA representation. There are probably alternatives (like espeak) but I have to get say.

So... anyone remembers/knows what is the website of say?

Update: finally I found it. It is from rsynth package written by Nick Ing-Simmons.

  • sudo apt-get install gnustep-gui-runtime ?
    – Kartik
    Nov 3, 2013 at 8:25

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apt-file can be used for queries like this. If you know that say is an executable, you can search for /usr/bin/say. You could also try /bin/say.

faheem@orwell:~$ apt-file search /usr/bin/say

gnustep-gui-runtime: /usr/bin/say
libgnustep-gui0.20-dbg: /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/say
libgnustep-gui0.22-dbg: /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/say
saytime: /usr/bin/saytime

You can also search the contents of packages on packages.debian.org.


This is the command to install say on ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install gnustep-gui-runtime

On other distros, you have to replace apt-get with yum or whichever package manager you have.

How I found it: If you run any command that is not installed in ubuntu (bash), then it will automatically tell you how to install it. I also searched google first, but I didn't get it.

This functionality is provided by installing the Debian/Ubuntu package command-not-found. (Which is installed by default)

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  • Thank you. Now it seems there are too many says, I found another one in mbrola package. I wonder if I find the "original" (the one I used before) program -- one piece I remember also, the author died several years ago, that is why it is hard to find. Nov 3, 2013 at 17:39

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