New laptop - weird key repeat issue

Karl Auer kauer at
Wed Mar 2 10:24:53 UTC 2016

On Wed, 2016-03-02 at 09:42 +0100, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:31:00 +1100, Karl Auer wrote:
> > Googling has brought no relief; does anyone have any pointers?
> Which of the hints, you already found by googling, did you already 
> test and what happens when you gave them a go?

I found no solutions - only other people with similar issues many years
ago, that were typically resolved by installing a later kernel, later X
server or were not resolved at all. These are back in 2005, 2007 - the
latest I found was 2013. Also, the ones I found were similar but NOT
identical to mine, such as the repeat starting by itself, not being
stoppable, stopping by itself, being related to load, being
intermittent and so on. Mine is completely predictable and none of
those things apply.

>  Can we assume that you already checked the usual suspects, such as
> 'xset r off'?

xset does what it usually does. If I disable repeat, then repeat really
is disabled, but as soon as I enable it, the same issue arises. The
autorepeat speed does obey the rate set by xset. It's a bit hard to
tell, but I think the onset of the issue is related to the rate - if I
set a slow rate, it takes longer for the autorepeat to start.

> checked with 'xev' there was nothing unusual?

A bit hard to tell - it was seeing "real" keypress events while a key
was autorepeating, and it was seeing the same event as the initial
manual keypresses.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at

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