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Re: Emacs font trouble

On 9/19/2013 7:17 AM, Ken Brown wrote:
On 9/19/2013 1:32 AM, Robert McBroom wrote:
On 9/18/2013 9:57 PM, Ken Brown wrote:

On 9/18/2013 9:07 PM, Robert McBroom wrote:
Having trouble getting an acceptable fixed font display on emacs. All my
old standards don't seem to be showing up any more. terminal, fixed,
courier, 8514fix, etc.
-fn "Lucida Console-8" worked for a while but not any more

-fn "-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-*-*-*-c-60-iso8859-1"

I would really like a 9pt font so I can get four windows on my wide

Click on "Set Default Font" in the "Options" menu.  It will show you
the available fonts.  There are many 9pt fonts available on my system.
After selecting one you like, click on "Save Options", and your choice
will be used by default in future sessions.

See the "Fonts" section of the emacs manual for much more information.

Done that many times, but don't find any usable fixed fonts. The
declarations in my earlier email are ones as exampled in the "Fonts"
section of the emacs manual that have worked in the past but don't seem
to now.  Can't see any thing that shows up wrong in /usr/share/fonts.

Maybe you should try reinstalling your font packages. Or run 'fc-cache -fsv'.

Save Options says changes to .emacs are saved but the file doesn't
change even though the file is rwxrwxrwx.

If you change an option (by selecting a new default font, for instance) and click Save Options, the customization section of your .emacs should get rewritten. Are you saying this doesn't happen?

You haven't said which emacs executable you're running, but I assume it's emacs-X11.exe. Is that right? If instead you're running emacs-w32.exe, that might explain the font problem.

And please attach your cygcheck output, as requested at

Thanks Ken
GNU Emacs 24.3.1 (x86_64-unknown-cygwin, GTK+ Version 3.8.2)
 of 2013-08-20

'fc-cache -fsv' enables some usable fonts "Nimbus Mono L", QuickType II Mono", "Bitstream Vera Sans Mono" that weren't there before.

The Lucida console family list I like shows in "Set Default Font" but still gives errors of the type

error: Invalid font name, -b&h-Lucida Console-normal-normal-semi-condensed-*-11-*-*-*-m-0-iso10646-1
When I try to use it.

Apparently .emacs was getting hung up because it had the phrase

 ;; custom-set-faces was added by Custom.
 ;; If you edit it by hand, you could mess it up, so be careful.
 ;; Your init file should contain only one such instance.
 ;; If there is more than one, they won't work right.
'(default ((t (:family "Lucida Console" :foundry "b&h" :slant normal :weight normal :height 83 :width semi-condensed)))))

and initialization would not complete. Deleting the phrase allows new customizations to be written.

Robert McBroom

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