[arch-general] Question about pacman and installing Gnome

Guillaume ALAUX guillaume at alaux.net
Mon Oct 4 11:34:25 EDT 2010

On 4 October 2010 17:15, Christian <christian08 at runbox.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I had to do a reinstall of my machine so I did that and for some reason, Gnome doesn't start proprely. I am visually impaired so I can't see the screen until I have logged into Gnome and started Orca, the screen reader for Gnome.
> Here is what I do.
> pacman -S xorg xf86-video-ati xf86-input-keyboard xf86-input-mouse gnome gnome-extra gnome-system-tools
> Then I did:
> pacman -S gamin
> pacman -S gdm
> I have however got a protocol error so I had to restart some of the downloads above, but will pacman check the packages so that they are completely downloaded?
> Anyway, I then did:
> /etc/rc.d/hal start
> /etc/rc.d/gdm start and I did all of this as root.
> Then I can read that the screen goes into the graphical environment since BRLTTY and Speakup, the console screen readers tell me that.
> I wait for about 30 seconds before I login as my user but nothing happens when I press enter after I have entered my password.
> Have I missed something?
> This is like I did before.
> I have added my user to the video group as well as the others recommended on the beginners guide.
> Any thoughts?
> Many thanks,
> Christian

> will pacman check the packages so that they are completely downloaded?
Yes pacman checks md5sums

I don't know if this is related but I noticed since the last gnome
update that when gdm displays the list of usernames, you can't select
the first one by just pressing enter. That used to work and was very
handy cause you didn't have to grab the mouse : wait for gdm to start
then press enter, the password, enter again and there you were. Maybe
you are just stuck at the user list ?!


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