Installing Linux

Tony Baechler tony at
Tue Mar 26 09:32:14 UTC 2013

I thought of that, but that probably won't help.  He says the errors have to 
do with speech.  I would check /var/log/syslog instead.  I don't think they 
are kernel errors.  He said before that the errors were before X starts. 
That's why I suggested joining the debian-accessibility list.  I had a bunch 
of errors as well, but they are related to missing packages and X not 
working.  I don't know if he has the same problem, but he says they are 
before X starts.  I know there is a problem with ESpeak giving errors which 
are apparently harmless, but it's hard to tell without knowing what the 
errors are.

Kevin, as I understand it, your system starts X, meaning that after it 
boots, you don't have immediate speech output.  Try pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 
which should get you to a console.  Press the Plus key on the numeric 
keypad.  That isn't the regular Enter, but it's on the numeric keypad to the 
right of the keyboard.  If you're using a laptop, I'm not sure what key that 
would be.  That should show at least some of the errors on the screen.  If 
you know how to login as root, try the following command:

less /var/log/syslog

Press End to go to the bottom and see if it shows anything.  As Tim says, 
"dmesg" might also be helpful, but I think most kernel messages are also 
written to syslog.

On 3/25/2013 7:24 AM, Tim Chase wrote:
> On March 25, 2013, Kevin wrote:
>> The errors apear on the screen during boot, and I am so new to
>> linux I have not figured out how to review the error messages.
> You should be able to use the "dmesg" command to return the (copious)
> boot output.  If X starts automatically, you may also have some
> messages dumped to /var/log/Xorg.0.log if your errors were related to
> X.  If the error wasn't in there, then it was an application-level
> error, and it would help to know which programs you have running at
> startup then.

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