Orca does not speak

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Tue Jan 15 09:39:03 UTC 2019

Hello Janina,

technically your screen reader is a process in RAM, communicating
with other processes, like at-spi and speech-dispatcher.

Typing "orca -r", you kill this process (i.e., you remove it from
the RAM), and you replace it with a new one.

Here is an example.

In the a terminal I type this command:

didier[~]$ ps -C orca
  PID TTY          TIME CMD
26823 tty1     00:00:34 orca

In the output, PID is the process identifier.

Then, I press Alt+F2 and type orca -r

After that:
  PID TTY          TIME CMD
  394 tty1     00:00:00 orca

So the previous process disappeared and we have a new one.

So technically, it is indeed a replacement, not a restart:
I replaced a screen reader by a new one.



On 15/01/2019 08:02, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> I rely on "orca -r" quite a bit, actually. There are any number of
> conditions that can silence a running Orca that can be quickly remedied
> that way. Guess I never noticed I stood for "replace," and the
> juxtaposition of "screen-reader" really threw me. Replace my screen
> reader? With what?
> Best,
> Janina
> Linux for blind general discussion writes:
>> For what it's worth, I'd agree --restart would be more intuitive and
>> self-documenting from the perspective of a native English speaker
>> assuming there isn't already a --restart switch that does something
>> different. That said, it's ultimately the developer's decision, it's
>> hardly the most esoteric command-line switch in existence, and
>> honestly, I'm kind of surprised a graphical application would even
>> have such a function built-in to its command-line syntax.
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