In the default terminal (I can't tell whether this is vt or syscons, please help me if you need that info) the default delay before key repeat is far too small.
Normally I type fast enough to not be affected, but occasionally I am. This is most noticeable when typing a password slowly: keys get repeated even there.
They key delay in xterm is alright, and the key delay (in vt or syscons) after setting kbdcontrol -r normal is alright, too.
But the current key repeat delay most resembles kbdcontrol -r fast (or maybe even faster than that!)
The key repeat speed is fine, but the default delay is unreasonably small, and could be changed. People who want it to be really fast could switch back, themselves. But as it is now, it sometimes hampers inputting passwords, and provides no benefit.
Huh, I have the opposite experience. The default rate is far too slow.
(In reply to Conrad Meyer from comment #1)
Oh. If it's hardware-based, my bad, in opening this diff.
In case it's useful, I'm just using a normal mechanical keyboard plugged in via PS/2. I'll see if the delay feels any different with a USB keyboard later tonight.
Indeed: when I booted FreeBSD with a USB keyboard, the keyboard's repeat delay resembled kbdcontrol -r normal instead.
This is something that just depends on the keyboard, I've found. It's not inherently a bug, I think.