Adjusting typematic delay and rate
The 'typematic delay' indicates the amount of time, typically in miliseconds, a key needs to be pressed in order for the repeating process to begin. After the repeating process has been triggered, the character will be repeated with a frequency (usually given in Hz governed by the 'typematic rate'.
This article describes tuning of the automatic key repeating process.
Tuning the typematic behavior in the tty
Using the 'kbdrate' command:
# 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:
# kbdrate -d 200 -r 30
Issuing the command without arguments:
will return the typematic values to their respective defaults; a delay of 250ms and a rate of 11Hz.
Tuning the typematic behavior in X
Using the 'xset' command:
$ 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 Template:Filename:
$ xset r rate 200 30
Issuing the command without specifying the delay and rate:
xset r rate
will return the typematic values to their respective defaults; a delay of 660ms and a rate of 25Hz.