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gtypist — a typing tutor with lessons for different keyboards and languages


gtypist [ options... ] [ script-file ]


`gtypist' is a typing tutor with several lessons for different keyboards and languages.  New lessons can be written by the user easily.


-b     --personal-best

track personal best typing speeds

-e %   --max-error=%

default maximum error percentage (default 3.0); valid values are between 0.0 and 100.0

-n     --notimer

turn off WPM timer in drills

-t     --term-cursor

use the terminal's hardware cursor

-f P   --curs-flash=P

cursor flash period P*.1 sec (default 10); valid values are between 0 and 512; this is ignored if -t is specified

-c F,B --colours=F,B

set initial display colours where available

-s     --silent

don't beep on errors

-q     --quiet

same as -s, --silent

-l L   --start-label=L

start the lesson at label 'L'

    --word-processor try to mimic word processors
-k     --no-skip

forbid the user to skip exercises

-i     --show-errors

highlight errors with reverse video

-h     --help

print this message

-v     --version

output version information and exit

-S     --always-sure

do not ask confirmation questions

--banner-colors=F,B,P,V set top banner colours (background, foreground,

package and version respectively)


set scoring mode (words per minute or characters per minute)

If not supplied, script-file defaults to '/usr/local/share/gtypist/gtypist.typ'. The path $GTYPIST_PATH is searched for script files.


To run the default lesson in english `gtypist.typ':


To run the lesson in spanish:

gtypist esp.typ

To instruct gtypist to look for lesson `bar.typ' in a non standard directory:

GTYPIST_PATH="/home/foo" gtypist bar.typ

To run the lesson in the file `test.typ' of directory `temp', starting at label `TEST1', using the terminal's cursor, and run silently:

gtypist -t -q -l TEST1 /temp/test.typ


Written by Simon Baldwin

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See Also

The full documentation for gtypist is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and gtypist programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info gtypist

should give you access to the complete manual.


August 2014 gtypist 2.9.5 User Commands