Configuration/Advanced Options

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Advanced Options[edit]

The rest of this webpage is meant for advanced/power users who'd like to fiddle a little more under-the-hood. The average user can safely ignore this section!


Navit can announce driving directions with voice. Navit can use different mechanisms to play these announcements. Note that not all tools are available on all platforms.

Prerecorded samples[edit]

Navit is able to compose phrases if you give it a set of prerecorded samples. Configuration example:

<speech type="cmdline" data="aplay -q %s" 
sample_dir="/path/to/sampledir" sample_suffix=".wav" flags="1"
vocabulary_name="0" vocabulary_name_systematic="0" vocabulary_distances="0"/>

The directory sample_dir should contain audio files. sample_suffix is the common file type suffix of those files. The names of the files (without the suffix) must correspond to the text they contain. For each text it wants to speak, Navit will look for one or more sample files with corresponding names (ignoring upper/lower case). So for "turn right in 300 meters" you could use turn.wav, right.wav, in.wav, 300.wav, meters.wav. Navit will prefer files that contain multiple words: If file "turn right.wav" is present, it will be used even if you have turn.wav and right.wav.

Note that Navit internally handles all text in UTF-8 encoding. If you use a file system where file names are not encoded with UTF-8 (such as Windows), Navit will only find files for ASCII text. If you use a language that uses non-ASCII characters, the file name must be the percent encoding of the UTF-8 representation of the text. For example the filename for "süd" would be "s%c3%bcd.wav" (because "ü" is encoded as C3BC in UTF-8). For this feature to work, you must set flags to 1.

data is the program that can be used to play the sample files. You should specify the program name along with any necessary parameters. The placeholder "%s" will be replaced with the file(s) to be played. All files required for a text will be passed in one go, so the program will need to support playing multiple files. Note that the %s should not be quoted; the text is not passed through a shell.

Note that if any file that is needed to compose the complete phrase is missing then Navit will be silent. In that case a warning will be printed. Unfortunately, there is no complete list of the samples required. However, all the navigation text is contained in the translation files (.po files), so you can get a rough list.

By default Navit is trying to announce street names. To disable this feature you can set vocabulary_name and vocabulary_name_systematic to 0 in the speech tag which will specify that the speech synthesizer isn't capable of speaking names. Also there is vocabulary_distances which you can set to 0 so only the minimum set of 1,2,3,4,5,10,25,50,75,100,150,200,250,300,400,500,750 as numbers is used.


<speech type="cmdline" data="espeak -s 150 -v english_rp %s"/>

Will use espeak instead, for those who want Navit to speak to them in English, at 150 words per minute. The %s is filled in by Navit when sent to the speech synthesis software (with something like "Turn left" or whatever is appropriate at the time). If you need more features, you should use an external wrapper script which can contain anything supported by your shell (see Translations).





 <speech type="android" cps="15"/>

Start up in silent mode[edit]

To have Navit start up in silent mode, insert active="0" somewhere in your speech tag. For example on Android:

 <speech type="android" cps="15" active="0"/>

In this case, you should place a toggle_announcer item in your OSD configuration, or add a menu item so you can enable speech output when you need it.



See Add Bookmarks with Dbus

Splitting navit.xml[edit]

Navit has support for a small subset of XInclude / XPath for including parts of external XML files. Supported is a tag like

 <xi:include href="some_file" xpointer="xpointer_stuff" />

You can leave out either href (xi:include refers to the same file it is in then) or xpointer (xi:include then refers the complete file), but not both. The href attribute refers to a file relative to the current directory. It is suggested to use the complete path, such as /home/root/.navit/navit-vehicles.xml.

href is expanded with wordexp internally, so you can do stuff like:

 <xi:include href="$NAVIT_SHAREDIR/maps/*.xml" />

Some examples on the supported syntax:

 <xi:include xpointer="xpointer(/config/navit/layout[@name='Car']/layer[@name='points'])" />

references to the XML-Tag "layer" with attribute "name" of value "points" within an XML-Tag "layout" with attribute "name" of value "Car" within an XML-Tag "navit" within an XML-Tag "config".

 <config xmlns:xi="">
 <xi:include href="$NAVIT_SHAREDIR/navit.xml" xpointer="xpointer(/config/*[name(.)!='navit'])"/>
 <navit center="4808 N 1134 E" zoom="256" tracking="1" cursor="1" orientation="0">
 <xi:include href="$NAVIT_SHAREDIR/navit.xml" xpointer="xpointer(/config/navit/*[name(.)!='vehicle'])"/>

Use this as your $HOME/.navit/navit.xml and you will get everything under <config>..</config> except <navit>..</navit> (first xi:include), plus <navit> as specified plus everything from navit within config, except the vehicle definitions (second xi:include).