14.04 logon screen: Orca starts up and immediately shuts down

Bill Taylor billtlr18 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 21:46:34 UTC 2015

Hi Nick,
before you log in, everything is being run by root. The  drums sound, 
and/or screen-reader are telling you to enter your password. Once you do 
this, orca will be restarted by Nick automatically.  Security!

Alt + super + s is a toggle, will turn orca on or off. (super is also 
known as the windows key.) The two keys to the left or right of the 
space bar, + s will do the job, on an international key board.

Hope  This Helps,


On 12/10/15 20:21, Nick Wood wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 (32-bit) and have Orca set to start automatically
> at the logon screen, but I'm getting some weird behaviour:
> Basically what happens is this:
> 1. I get the sound of the drums.
> 2. Orca says: "Screen reader on.  Login screen frame. Screen reader off."
> 3. I then have to start up Orca again using the Alt+Super+S combination and
> after that it seems OK.
> I don't see this behaviour on my Fedora 22 box - just the Ubuntu one.
> Anyone got any ideas why Orca is shutting down?  The fact that it says
> "Screen reader off" makes me think it's a controlled shutdown rather than a
> crash.
> Thanks,
> Nick

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