Kde: keyboard repeat magically switching off

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With keyboard repeat enabled, suddenly the keyboard repeat is off.


  • Kubuntu-10.04
  • gnome-settings-daemon running


Do not run gnome-settings-daemon under KDE. If you do, remove gnome-settings-daemon from the startup-sequence and restart KDE.



Disable the ally-keboard plugin for the gnome-settings:

gconftool -t bool -s /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/plugins/a11y-keyboard/active false

See also:

Bug #367136 in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu): “xset -r causes loss of control of keyboard”
Bugreport with gconftool solution. Doesn't fix my problem though
Keyboard autorepeat keeps turning off
Forum thread with same problem
forum / capslock repeat (xset r 66) -- frequently unset with recent updates
Another forum thread with same problem


I get double keys when doing an xset r:

$ xset r
$ xxsseett  --rr  ## DDaarrnn
$ xset -r

I'm running gnome-settings-daemon under KDE because I want to use emacs keybindings with Firefox. When I refrain from starting up the gnome-settings-daemon, keyboard repeat is remembered just fine by KDE.

Instead of running gnome-settings-daemon, I found an alternate solution to use emacs keybindings with Firefox: adding the line gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs" to my .gtkrc-2.0-kde4. Now I can stop booting gnome-settings-daemon under KDE and enjoy my keyboard repeat.


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