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fangwen
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:10 pm    Post subject: Thin font in windows managers Reply with quote

I am using the Xfce Desktop Environment, the font looks like bold even if it's actually set to be regular, but in windows managers as far as I had tried, such as FVWM, Openbox, Awesome, the font is very thin, which is very uncomfortable when I am coding. I want to know why and how can I get the same font effect on windows managers as it is in Xfce.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you're not explaining the problem well, some screenshots would be useful ;)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulBredbury wrote:
Since you're not explaining the problem well, some screenshots would be useful ;)
Sorry for my poor English.
Look at the font in the terminal of the first picture, http://cdn.xfce.org/about/screenshots/4.8-2.png,
and the second one, http://www.fvwm.org/screenshots/desktops/Thomas_Adam-desk-1280x960/screenshot.png.
Can you see the difference?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you talking about the font in the terminal window?
I would say the xfce-terminal does antialiasing, while xterm/xrvt does not.
Try
Code:
xterm -fa Mono -fs 10

Is it better now?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

franzf wrote:
Are you talking about the font in the terminal window?
I would say the xfce-terminal does antialiasing, while xterm/xrvt does not.
Try
Code:
xterm -fa Mono -fs 10

Is it better now?
It is not only the terminal, the font is different everywhere in a windows manager and desktop environment. Is it because of the anti-alasing thing? If it is, how can I enable it in a windows manager globally?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fangwen wrote:
franzf wrote:
Are you talking about the font in the terminal window?
I would say the xfce-terminal does antialiasing, while xterm/xrvt does not.
Try
Code:
xterm -fa Mono -fs 10

Is it better now?
It is not only the terminal, the font is different everywhere in a windows manager and desktop environment. Is it because of the anti-alasing thing? If it is, how can I enable it in a windows manager globally?


No, it's simply that you are not comparing the same applications in both WMs.

In XFCE you have midori, thunar or pcmanfm (?) and the xfce terminal app, they are gtk+ applications, and follow the xfce or gnome theming schemes.

In Fvwm you have Xlib based apps, like FvwmButtons, rxvt, xterm and fvwm itself, which are configured using their respective configuration files:

  • for fvwm and FvwmButtons, usually, ~/.fvwm/config, or ~/.fvwm2rc in older versions, read their respectiva man page if not sure on what file to use and how to set their font styles.
  • rxvt and xterm, either use the command line parameters or set their properties using ~/.Xdefaults, also read their respectiva man pages if you are not sure on how to proceed.

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