Subject: Re: where did XFree86 4.4.0 put my linedraw characters?
To: None <netbsd-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Mike Parson <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 11/28/2004 12:20:08
On Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 10:24:27PM -0800, Aaron J. Grier wrote:
> I no longer get linedraw characters in my XFree86 4.4.0 xterms. if I
> run an xterm from my decrepit 1.4.3A NetBSD/pmax machine, linedraws
> are fine, so obviously I've got the proper characters in my font.
> I've tried fiddling with the linedraw settings xterm's menu without
> success.
> what do I need to do to get my linedraw characters in Xfree86 4.4.0's
> xterms back?

I've been having this problem on my Linux boxes too, under RedHat 8,
Yellowdog 3.1, and Mandrake 10.0.

What I was finally able to do to get them working was to twiddle the
font-linedrawing xresource from on to off and back.  I spawn a new
xterm, line drawing doesn't work.  I change that resource, xrdb -merge
the resource change, it works.  Close that xterm, spawn a new one,
no-go.  Change it to the other setting, they work again.  It's really
odd and kind of annoying.  What I've taken to doing is for every program
I can, set them to use ascii chars for line drawing instead of the
line-drawing chars instead of the special characters.

Michael Parson