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Re: How to set font size of xterm

On Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 11:56:43PM +0200, Johnny Billquist wrote:
> On 2020-04-16 23:49, Martin Neitzel wrote:
> > > My problem is the small font size, but I can't
> > > seem to figure out how to set the xterm font size.
> > 
> > On top of the excellent advice already given:
> > 
> > Ctrl-RightClick pops up the menue with different sizes from
> > "unreadable" to "HUGE".   By default, Shift-Keypad-Minus/Plus will
> > also step through theses sizes.  (The manpage provides a mapping
> > useful for laptops without a true number pad.)
> > 
> > The "-fn" option / ".font" ressource only refer to bitmapped fonts
> > and these achieve only limited sizes.
> [...]
> One thing to be wary of, if you pick other fonts, there is always the risk
> that you'll have issues with any program who tries to switch to other
> character sets inside the xterm. The DEC drawing character set, for
> example...

xterm checks the font to see if it supports the VT100 line-drawing characters,
and uses its built-in drawing if it doesn't support those.
> I pretty much always just stick with the standard font, and just use the
> xterm menu font to pick size, if I want something else than the default.

with bitmap fonts, I'd see problems "just switching" for Chinese.
But if I want to see Chinese, I'll use TrueType fonts (a menu option).

Thomas E. Dickey <>

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