Package Details: simon 0.4.1-4

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Package Base: simon
Description: Open-source speech recognition program for replacing mouse and keyboard
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Licenses: GPL
Submitter: None
Maintainer: Dragonlord
Last Packager: Dragonlord
Votes: 51
Popularity: 0.000044
First Submitted: 2008-01-19 16:41
Last Updated: 2017-12-02 17:38

Dependencies (11)

Required by (1)

Sources (1)

Latest Comments

mani.zaeim commented on 2018-04-20 18:07

error: target not found: kdepimlibs

dotmagic commented on 2017-12-06 07:24

I wasn't able to build it anymore, compile throws error after about 10min. It still use QT4 and no updates since years. RIP :(

ParkerMc commented on 2017-08-30 00:39

I had to install qwt-qt4 to get it to work. The build system uses qt4 and the qwt in the main repo is for qt5.

Alko89 commented on 2017-04-14 11:34

I get the same errors as simona, same when compiling manually from source. The problem is solved when compiling simon-0.4.80 alpha.

simona commented on 2017-03-14 09:35

/home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.cpp: In member function ‘virtual QList<RecognitionResult> SphinxRecognizer::recognize(const QString&)’:
/home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.cpp:100:58: error: invalid conversion from ‘char*’ to ‘long int’ [-fpermissive]
int rv = ps_decode_raw(decoder, toRecognize,, -1);
/home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.cpp:100:64: error: too many arguments to function ‘long int ps_decode_raw(ps_decoder_t*, FILE*, long int)’
int rv = ps_decode_raw(decoder, toRecognize,, -1);
In file included from /home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.h:27:0,
from /home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.cpp:20:
/usr/include/pocketsphinx/pocketsphinx.h:299:6: note: declared here
long ps_decode_raw(ps_decoder_t *ps, FILE *rawfh,
/home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.cpp:111:43: error: too many arguments to function ‘const char* ps_get_hyp(ps_decoder_t*, int32*)’
hyp = ps_get_hyp(decoder, &score, &uttid);
In file included from /home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.h:27:0,
from /home/simona/.cache/pacaur/simon/src/simon-0.4.1/simonlib/simonrecognizer/sphinxrecognizer.cpp:20:
/usr/include/pocketsphinx/pocketsphinx.h:409:13: note: declared here
char const *ps_get_hyp(ps_decoder_t *ps, int32 *out_best_score);
make[2]: *** [simonlib/simonrecognizer/CMakeFiles/simonrecognizer.dir/build.make:183: simonlib/simonrecognizer/CMakeFiles/simonrecognizer.dir/sphinxrecognizer.cpp.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [CMakeFiles/Makefile2:2233: simonlib/simonrecognizer/CMakeFiles/simonrecognizer.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [Makefile:161: all] Error 2
==> ERRORE: Si è verificato un errore in build().
L'operazione sta per essere interrotta...
:: failed to build simon package(s)

kingcreole commented on 2016-12-22 15:58

it definitely doesn't work right now, was very hacky to get it to start, still working on it, seems like it's up to date though :/

oOze commented on 2014-07-05 12:07

I've got it working. There are definitely deps missing for I installed both possible backends (

packages required:
- htk (login required to download the source edit this into PKGBUILD if installing from AUR)
- julius
- pocketsphinx
- sphinxtrain

NOTE: If simon is already installed you will have to reinstall/compile it.

Iqualfragile commented on 2014-06-25 13:25

Have you tried actually running/using Simon? It does not work for me at all using this package.

Iqualfragile commented on 2013-12-02 02:50

I am not talking about building simon, I am talking about using it.

ImNtReal commented on 2013-11-06 04:20

It does require boost to build, but not the other two:
[imntreal@thispc ~]$ pacman -Q julius
error: package 'julius' was not found
[imntreal@thispc ~]$ pacman -Q htk
error: package 'htk' was not found
[imntreal@thispc ~]$ cd simon
[imntreal@thispc simon]$ makepkg
==> Tidying install...
-> Purging unwanted files...
-> Removing libtool files...
-> Removing static library files...
-> Compressing man and info pages...
-> Stripping unneeded symbols from binaries and libraries...
==> Creating package "simon"...
-> Generating .PKGINFO file...
-> Adding install file...
-> Generating .MTREE file...
-> Compressing package...
==> Leaving fakeroot environment.
==> Finished making: simon 0.4.1-2 (Tue Nov 5 23:20:00 EST 2013)
[imntreal@thispc simon]$

If you still don't believe me, I'll be happy to post the whole build process to a pastebin.

Iqualfragile commented on 2013-11-06 04:05

as allready stated: boost is a dependency; try pacman -R boost; makepkg; wont work. Additionally both htk and julius are absolutely necessary to do anything useful with simon at all so they should be hard dependencies. I understand that making htk a optional dependency might be a good idea as it is kind of proprietary and you need to register to download.

ImNtReal commented on 2013-11-05 14:31

Try this new one. I've used namcap to straighten up the dependencies some, and it currently builds for me.

Iqualfragile commented on 2013-11-02 15:40

Ok, boost, htk and julius are dependencies, julius compiles again. (It still does not quite work, it would be best if you take a look at it)

Iqualfragile commented on 2013-11-02 03:04

@ImNtReal neither did it build for me, but a new version was relased, will retry using that

Iqualfragile commented on 2013-11-02 03:02

boost seems to be a dependency, too

ImNtReal commented on 2013-07-02 19:54

That could be problematic as it appears that Julius is no longer under development, and currently won't build for me.

Iqualfragile commented on 2013-07-02 15:45

simon seems to depend on julius, at least to compile some models (tells me it needs the julius tools called "mkfa" and "dfa_minimize")

ImNtReal commented on 2013-03-01 17:45

Please, update or disown. Thanks.

Gallaecio commented on 2013-01-05 11:25

When building 0.4, I needed qwt as well.

lman commented on 2013-01-04 17:42

please add boost as dependancy

andrea76 commented on 2013-01-02 17:43

here is the new PKGBUILD for version 0.4.0:

# Maintainer: Jaroslav Lichtblau <>
# Contributor : Sascha Pfau <>
# Contributor : Luca Manganelli <>

pkgdesc="Open-source speech recognition program for replacing mouse and keyboard"
depends=('kdelibs' 'portaudio' 'qt' 'hicolor-icon-theme')
makedepends=('automoc4' 'cmake' 'flex' 'docbook-xml')
optdepends=('htk: create and modify the speech models')

build() {
cd $srcdir/$pkgname-$pkgver


package() {
cd $srcdir/$pkgname-$pkgver

make DESTDIR=${pkgdir} install

mrbit commented on 2013-01-01 08:40

please update 0.4 ..thanks

artemklevtsov commented on 2012-12-31 20:41

xcabal commented on 2012-12-31 08:40

The new version 0.4.0 has qwt 6 as a dependency

xcabal commented on 2012-12-31 08:26

The new version 0.4.0 has qwt 6 as a dependency

birdflesh commented on 2012-12-30 21:02

New version available on kde ftp.

gwpl commented on 2012-09-05 21:38

If no other way, I would prefer symlinking (eventually hardlinking) those files instead of copying.

Aren't there any way of setting path to libs in ./config ?

dynaMIX commented on 2012-09-04 21:27

Just installed it on x86_64 and it just compiles well. I had to change the "Arch"-line in the PKBUILD.
Only issue was, that i had to copy the files from /usr/lib64/ to /usr/lib/.

Maybe it would be possible to add this to the PKBUILD (i'm quite new to arch, sorry)?

dynaMIX commented on 2012-09-04 21:27

Just installed it on x86_64 and it just compiles well. I had to change the "Arch"-line in the PKBUILD.
Only issue was, that i had to copy the files from /usr/lib64/ to /usr/lib/.

Maybe it would be possible to add this to the PKBUILD (i'm quite new to arch, sorry)?

gwpl commented on 2011-01-10 21:48

Needs HTK installed !

gwpl commented on 2011-01-04 22:27

It compiled and run on my x86_64 as well :D !
(I haven't tried whether regonizes voice corrcetly, but so far runs tests correctly, so I think x86_64 should be added :) )

gwpl commented on 2011-01-04 22:25

It compiled and works on my x86_64 as well :D !

Anonymous comment on 2011-01-04 21:10

This compiles on x86_64, please add that to the arch line.


Anonymous comment on 2010-09-25 08:30


I am the author of simon and am very happy to see that there is a PKGBUILD for simon.

Just a quick note: We don't depend on the htk during compilation and during runtime it only extends the features of simon. For example this video was created without ever touching the HTK:
Maybe you could change this from a dependency to a recommendation?

Anyways, thanks for this!


Kosava commented on 2010-09-24 01:09

I agree i think some need to update package...

Anonymous comment on 2010-09-22 18:56

Too bad, that the author do not update this great tool. I fixed the new dependences for version 0.3.0. Here is the hole PKGBUILD file:


pkgdesc="A ready-to-use interface for the julius CSR engine for a handicapped person, which is not able to use the keyboard well."
depends=('htk' 'portaudio' 'qt' 'flex' 'bison' 'docbook-xml')
makedepends=('automoc4' 'cmake')


build() {
cd $srcdir/$pkgname-$pkgver

make || return 1
make DESTDIR=${pkgdir} install


Kosava commented on 2010-09-05 14:38

Here is PKGBUIL for alpha version