Adjusting typematic delay and rate

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Introduction

This article describes tuning of the automatic repeating process of characters when a key on your keyboard is pressed.
The 'typematic delay' indicates the amount of time a key needs to be pressed in order for the repeating process to begin. (typically given in ms)
After the repeating process has been triggered, the character will be repeated with at a rate which is governed by the 'typomatic rate'. (typically given in Hz)

Tuning the typematic behavior in the tty

is done using the 'kbdrate' command. The syntax is:

kbdrate [ -d delay ] [ -r rate ]

if you wanted to set an typematic delay of 200ms and a repeating rate of 30Hz then you would issue this command as root:

kbdrate -d 200 -r 30

returning the typematic settings to their default value is done by issuing the command without arguments:

kbdrate

will return the typematic values to their respective defaults. (currently a delay of 250ms and a rate of 11Hz)

Tuning the typematic behavior in X

is done using the 'xset' command. The syntax adjusting the typematic rate and delay is:

xset r rate delay [rate]

if you wanted to set an typematic delay of 200ms and a repeating rate of 30Hz then you would include this command in your .xinitrc/.xsession:

xset r rate 200 30

returning the typematic settings to their default value is done by issuing the command without specifying the delay and rate:

xset r rate
will return the typematic values to their respective defaults. (currently a delay of 660ms and a rate of 25Hz)