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Executable Programs


See Manuals for more information

Building your own executable programs

A simple mechanism is provided for doing all the configuration needed to build a executable program which uses the speech tools library.

First, make a directory which will hold your program. To make a program called "do_stuff", type

est_program do_stuff

if you haven't got the EST bin directory in your path you will have to add the path explicitly, e.g.

speech_tools/bin/est_program do_stuff

This will create a Makefile and a .cc file called do_stuff_main.cc, which will look something like this:

#include "EST.h"
#include "EST_types.h"
#include "EST_error.h"
int main(int argc, char *argv[])
EST_StrList files; // the list of input files will go here
EST_Option cmd_line; // the parsed list of command line arguments
// will go here.
// This bit parses the command line args and puts them into
// files and cmd_line
(argc, argv,
EST_String("[OPTIONS] [files...]\n")+
"Summary; DO SOMETHING\n"+
"-o [ofile] Ouptut file\n",
files, cmd_line);
EST_String out_file; // the name of the output file
// If a output file has been specified using -o, put it in out_file
if (cmd_line.present("-o"))
out_file = cmd_line.val("-o");
EST_error("No output file specified");
// declare EST_StrList iterator
// iterate through files and do something.
for(fs.begin(files); fs; ++fs)
EST_String file = *fs;
// Process file
return 0;

You can now add any C++ code to this, and compile by typing make.

If you want to create a second program in the same directory, type the same again:

speech_tools/bin/est_program do_more_stuff

This time, do_more_stuff_main.cc will be created and the appropriate build commands added to the extisting Makefile. If you wish to add an extra .cc file to particular program, simply edit the Makefile and add it on the line:

do_stuff_CXXSRC= do_stuff.cc extra.cc