KBDRATE(8)               (22 June 1994)                KBDRATE(8)

          kbdrate - reset the keyboard repeat rate and delay time

          kbdrate [,options/...]

          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.

          -r, --rate=,NUMBER/
               Change the keyboard repeat rate to NUMBER 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=,NUMBER/
               Change the delay to NUMBER 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.

          -s, --silent
               Silent. No messages are printed.

          -h, --help
               Display a help text.

          -V, --version
               Display a version number and exit.

          Not all keyboards support all rates.

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          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 pro-
          gram the keyboard, please send mail to util-

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


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