What is the time between blinks of the terminal cursor? Perhaps in terms of seconds.

  • :) count how many in a 1 min, or record screen if it's too fast. – user.dz Jun 19 '14 at 21:41

Open gconf-editor (install with sudo apt-get install gconf-editor), then check in Desktop->gnome->interface : cursor_blink_time entry (express in milliseconds).

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or using commandline:

gconftool --get /desktop/gnome/interface/cursor_blink_time

To get the time in milliseconds between blinks of the gnome-terminal cursor (default is 1200), you can use the following command:

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-blink-time

To set the time to another value, let say 2400 for example, you can use:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-blink-time 2400

That depends on the terminal emulator you are using. @giradengo showed you what (presumably) is the default for gnome-terminal. In xterm, you can control this with the -bcf and -bcn flags:

   -bcf milliseconds
           set the amount of time text cursor is off when blinking via the
           cursorOffTime resource.

   -bcn milliseconds
           set the amount of time text cursor is on when blinking via  the
           cursorOffTime resource.

In general, the details will always depend on your terminal emulator, some (such as terminator) don't seem to support blinking at akk while others let you customize it.

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