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Moriah
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:17 am    Post subject: xterm font specification Reply with quote

I know this is really dumb, but I haven't had to do this in years, and now I'm going nuts just trying to find documentation on how to do it.

How do I specify the default font on the command line invocation for an xterm window?

I tried xterm -fn <font>, but it says invalid font for anything except "Fixed". I want to specify that the "small" font, as selected by CTL-middlemousebutton drag to small, is the default font, but not for all xterm windows; only for the one I explicitly say so on the command line.

Thanks! :D
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how about xterm -fn 10x20. It shows a large font on my system

Found this link http://wiki.netbsd.se/How_to_use_TTF_fonts_in_xterm
fc-list | col | sort | less will show you your installed fonts
xterm -fa 'Liberation Mono' -fs 10 pretty big
xterm -fa 'Liberation Mono' -fs 5 pretty small

hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I can get 10x20 to take, but I already did the fc-list, and the only font that xterm would accept was Fixed, which is its default anyway. To show you what happens, look at this:
Code:

rj@gehazi ~ $ xterm -fa 'Liberation Mono' -fs 5
xterm:  bad command line option "-fa"

usage:  xterm [-/+132] [-C] [-Sccn] [-T string] [-/+ah] [-/+ai] [-/+aw]
    [-b number] [-/+bc] [-bcf milliseconds] [-bcn milliseconds] [-bd color]
    [-/+bdc] [-bg color] [-bw number] [-/+cb] [-cc classrange] [-/+cjk_width]
    [-class string] [-/+cm] [-/+cn] [-cr color] [-/+cu] [-/+dc]
    [-display displayname] [-e command args ...] [-fb fontname] [-/+fbb]
    [-/+fbx] [-fg color] [-fi fontname] [-fn fontname] [-fw fontname]
    [-fwb fontname] [-fx fontname] [%geom] [#geom] [-geometry geom] [-help]
    [-/+hm] [-/+hold] [-iconic] [-/+ie] [-/+im] [-into windowId] [-/+j] [-/+k8]
    [-kt keyboardtype] [-/+l] [-/+lc] [-lcc path] [-leftbar] [-lf filename]
    [-/+ls] [-/+maximized] [-/+mb] [-mc milliseconds] [-/+mesg] [-/+mk_width]
    [-ms color] [-n string] [-name string] [-nb number] [-/+nul] [-/+pc]
    [-/+pob] [-rightbar] [-/+rv] [-/+rvc] [-/+rw] [-/+s] [-/+samename] [-/+sb]
    [-selbg color] [-selfg color] [-/+sf] [-/+si] [-/+sk] [-sl number] [-/+sm]
    [-/+sp] [-/+t] [-ti termid] [-title string] [-tm string] [-tn name] [-/+u8]
    [-/+uc] [-/+ulc] [-/+ulit] [-/+ut] [-/+vb] [-version] [-/+wc] [-/+wf]
    [-xrm resourcestring] [-ziconbeep percent]

Type xterm -help for a full description.

rj@gehazi ~ $

All I realy want at this point is to have xterm start up with the font that I can get when I select the "small" font with the control key and the right mouse button.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that it is much too late for a reply. Anyway, in case sombody hits this forum: You must reemerge xterm with USE=truetype set.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!

PS Its never too late if you watch topic for replies. 8)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!

PS Its never too late if you watch topic for replies. 8)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if you got it working yet, but I can add this:

I always create the FontPath in xorg.conf for all my installed fonts, as seen in /usr/share/fonts, because the default used by xorg may not correspond with installed fonts, and the x11-apps i.e. xterm, xcalc... really like the FontPath.

Example Fontpath in xorg.conf:
Code:
Section "Files"
        RgbPath    "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
        ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/corefonts/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/dejavu/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/ttf-bitstream-vera/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/freefont-ttf/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/misc/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Speedo/"
        FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
EndSection
X then needs to be restarted. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:20 pm    Post subject: xterm font specification - fontpath Reply with quote

For what it's worth, you can always use

Code:
xset fp= blah,blah,blah


to manipulate the font path obviating the need to restart X until your next session.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've rebuild from scratch, forgotten how much to setup. Anyway, font sizes were ignored until I saw the Truetype setting, now works fine. Might help someone.
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