almost got gnome working on talkingarch

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Fri Aug 12 16:31:14 UTC 2016

What I installed to get this far was:
I then enabled some a11y variables with gsettings maybe too many one for 
screen reader one for interface and one for plugins.
Finally I exported in /etc/profile.d gail and atk.
If I try logging in running startx from command line I have no speech 
but can login and if I run orca as a command the way would in 
gnome-terminal inside of X11 orca runs and says screen-reader on but can 
do nothing else.
If I use gdm to login after enabling gdm.service and rebooting the 
system I hear screen-reader on but no further speech happens.
Fortunately I can get into mate on debian with startx and login and have 
orca working after that (I'd just like to learn enough so I could do it 
on archlinux too) and If no coherent documentation yet exists I wouldn't 
mind contributing to it so as to make this path for others later.

On Tue, 9 Aug 2016, Jude DaShiell wrote:

> Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 23:55:08
> From: Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: blinux-list at
> Subject: almost got gnome working on talkingarch
> I've done package installation and systemctl enable gdm.service and the link 
> was created.
> orca is installed and when I boot the system I hear screen reader on but then 
> don't hear anything else.
> I used gdm for this install and wonder if gdm has to have accessibility 
> enabled like lightdm needed it done.
> I got further with mate on talkingarch but not far enough.  Once I got 
> through a silent login, the screen reader came on and started speaking.  I 
> never did figure out what to do to get a talking login with lightdm.  The 
> reader=orca setting with /etc/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf did not enable speech 
> in lightdm for login so I gave up on talkingarch mate for now.
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