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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

VMWARE/DEBIAN Sarge slow backspace deletion when depressed

Though the title is humourous, the problem was not… (At the time ;) ).

I am running Debian Sarge as a guest on VMWare 5.5 (Ubuntu Dapper host). I was very happy with the installation, (which was going to be my Debian bug reporting/patch platform), except that it appears that you had to depress the backspace key multiple times to delete multiple characters. (The same was seen with the arrow keys). I found many recommendations to change the value for “repeat keys”, but it wasn’t until today that I actually found where that configuration setting was:

Applications->Desktop Preferences->Accessibility->Keyboard

This opens the “Keyboard Accessibility Preferences” dialogue box. You then click the checkbox to “Enable keyboard accessibility features”, and click the checkbox “Enable Repeat Keys”, then modify the Delay and Speed to taste…

Ouch!! Hope this is fixed in Etch…

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