Since I started using i3, every now and then it would seem as though my keyboard’s stopped working. Usually, I just reboot the machine and it starts working again. This time though, I wanted to try and work out why it happened.
I noticed that if I held a key down, it would actually output it to the screen. A bit of searching later, and it seems as though I’d accidentally managed to enable
slow-keys by holding down shift for 8 seconds.
The majority of the solutions involve opening up keyboard preferences and disabling it. Unforunately, I don’t have a menu to find this in so I needed to disable it via the command line. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to do.
# Install xkbset for managing keyboard options sudo apt-get install xkbset # Disable slow-keys xkbset -sl # Disable accessibility so slow-keys won't turn back on xkbset -a
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