Problem starting Gnome with assistive technology support and Orca
On my desktop I have an up to date installation of the Debian Sid Gnome
packages. On my laptop, I have just freshly installed X and Gnome, also from
Debian Sid. Orca is installed and configured in both cases.
On the desktop, if I run startx, Gnome starts up but Orca doesn't, until I
type Alt-F2 orca <cr>
On the laptop, sometimes Orca starts, but other times a message is displayed
stating that I have requested assistive technology support for this session,
but the AT-SPI registry isn't running. Pressing enter does not clear this
message, which can only be done by someone else using a pointing device. Once
the message is cleared, though, Orca runs successfully.
I think this is a timing problem of some sort, involving at-spi-registryd, at
least on the laptop.
In case it is relevant, the laptop has a single-core AMD x86_64 CPU; the
desktop has two dual-core Intel Xeon CPUs.
I realize this could well be a dsitribution-specific issue, as Debian is still
migrating from Gnome 2.20 to Gnome 2.22.