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I am relatively new to debian but have been using other distributions for a number of years.

1) I have a microsoft natural keyboard that has a slow repeat rate. If I run
xset r rate 170 30
after logging into X, it works fine. I put a line in my XF86Config-4 file to try to do this:

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier  "Generic Keyboard"
 Driver    "keyboard"
 Option    "CoreKeyboard"
 Option    "XkbRules"  "xfree86"
 Option    "XkbModel"  "microsoft"
 Option    "XkbLayout" "us"
 Option    "AutoRepeat" "170 30"

but the AutoRepeat line seems to have no effect. Does anyone know why or can anyone suggest an alternative?

This is in /var/log/XFree86.0.log:

(**) Option "AutoRepeat" "170 30"
(**) Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
(**) XKB: rules: "xfree86"
(**) Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
(**) XKB: model: "microsoft"
(**) Option "XkbLayout" "us"
(**) XKB: layout: "us"
(==) Keyboard: CustomKeycode disabled

2) When I do an apt-get dist-upgrade I get a list of critical and grave bugs for the packages that I could upgrade followed by a prompt:
Are you sure to install/upgrade these packages? [Y/n/?/...]

When I say n I get dumped back to the shell. Then, in order to upgrade the packages that don't have critical or grave bugs, I do apt-get install pkgname on each package that doesn't have a critical or grave bug. Is there a switch to apt-get that tells it to upgrade all the packages that DON'T have critical or grave bugs, or is manually installing each one the only way to do it?

3) When I go here:
And put in the search box
Exit with an error by force in order
and select the dates from the top to Apr-Jun 2003 and hit search I get no results found. However, when I put the same string into groups.google.com with quotes around it, I get a result that appears to be from this mailing list. I would expect the same result to show up when searching the archives. Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks for any help.

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