kbdrate - reset the keyboard repeat rate and delay time


   kbdrate [ -s ] [ -r rate ] [ -d delay ]


   kbdrate is used to change the keyboard repeat rate and delay time.  The
   delay is the amount of time that a key must be depressed before it will
   start to repeat.

   Using  kbdrate  without  any options will reset the repeat rate to 10.9
   characters per second (cps) and the delay to 250 milliseconds (ms)  for
   Intel-  and  M68K-based systems.  These are the IBM defaults. On SPARC-
   based systems it will reset the repeat rate to 5 cps and the  delay  to
   200 ms.


   -s     Silent.  No messages are printed.

   -r rate
          Change  the  keyboard repeat rate to rate cps.   For Intel-based
          systems, the allowable range is from  2.0  to  30.0  cps.   Only
          certain,  specific  values  are  possible,  and the program will
          select the nearest possible value to  the  one  specified.   The
          possible values are given, in characters per second, as follows:
          2.0, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.7, 3.0, 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.3, 4.6, 5.0, 5.5,
          6.0,  6.7,  7.5,  8.0,  8.6,  9.2, 10.0, 10.9, 12.0, 13.3, 15.0,
          16.0, 17.1, 18.5, 20.0, 21.8, 24.0, 26.7, 30.0.  For SPARC-based
          systems, the allowable range is from 0 (no repeat) to 50 cps.

   -d delay
          Change   the  delay  to  delay  milliseconds.   For  Intel-based
          systems, the allowable range is from 250 to 1000 ms, in  250  ms
          steps.  For SPARC systems, possible values are between 10 ms and
          1440 ms, in 10 ms steps.

   -V     Display a version number and exit.


   Not all keyboards support all rates.

   Not all keyboards have the rates mapped in the same way.

   Setting the repeat rate on the Gateway AnyKey keyboard does  not  work.
   If  someone  with  a  Gateway  figures out how to program the keyboard,
   please send mail to util-linux@math.uio.no.

   All this is very architecture dependent.  Nowadays kbdrate first  tries
   the  KDKBDREP  and  KIOCSRATE  ioctls.  (The former usually works on an
   m68k machine, the latter for SPARC.)  When these ioctls fail an  ioport
   interface as on i386 is assumed.




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