gtypist - Man Page

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