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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.


track personal best typing speeds
default maximum error percentage (default 3.0); valid values are between 0.0 and 100.0
turn off WPM timer in drills
use the terminal's hardware cursor
cursor flash period P*.1 sec (default 10); valid values are between 0 and 512; this is ignored if -t is specified
set initial display colours where available
don't beep on errors
same as -s, --silent
start the lesson at label 'L'

-w --word-processor try to mimic word processors

forbid the user to skip exercises
highlight errors with reverse video
print this message
output version information and exit
do not ask confirmation questions
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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Copyright © 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Simon Baldwin.
Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011 GNU Typist Development Team. This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details please see the file 'COPYING' supplied with the source code.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; again, see 'COPYING' for details. This program is released under the GNU General Public License.


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