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25Mar/130

Set Keyboard Repeat Delay and Rate

In order to change the key press repeat delay and rate we use a command called

xset

which is a user preference utility for X.

This command:

xset r rate DELAY RATE

where DELAY and RATE are replaced with actual values, in milliseconds. for example:

xset r rate 200 20

First, use

xset q

to see what the current values are. As shown above, I have mine set to 200 delay and 20 repeat rate.

To make this permanent, add that line to your ~/.xinitrc

xset can be used for a lot more than this. As always, use

man xset

to find out more about this command.

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