Introduction to Gnopernicus

Gnopernicus enables users with limited vision, or no vision, to use the GNOME desktop and applications effectively. It provides a number of features, including magnification, focus tracking, braille output, automatic screen reading and more.

Package Information

Gnopernicus Dependencies


libgail-gnome-1.1.3, GNOME Speech-0.4.2, and GNOME Magnifier-0.12.6


intltool-0.34.2, GTK-Doc-1.6, and BRLTTY

User Notes:

Installation of Gnopernicus

Install Gnopernicus by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --libexecdir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib/gnopernicus-1.0 &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.14.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.

--libexecdir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib/gnopernicus-1.0: This parameter causes the libexec files to be installed in the preferred location of $GNOME_PREFIX/lib/gnopernicus-1.0 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/libexec.


Installed Programs: gnopernicus, gnopernicus-mag-config and srcore
Installed Libraries: Gnopernicus support libraries
Installed Directories: /etc/gnome/2.14.3/gnopernicus-1.0}, and the following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/: include/gnopernicus-1.0, lib/gnopernicus-1.0, share/{gnome/help/{brlmonitor,gnopernicus}, gnopernicus, omf/gnopernicus}

Short Descriptions


is a GUI menu interface used to access and configure the various functionality parameters provided for users with limited vision.

Last updated on 2007-01-14 14:34:29 -0600