changing font

Mike Ayers
Tue Jun 22 17:21:00 GMT 2010

> From: [mailto:cygwin-xfree-
>] On Behalf Of matias kaukonen
> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6:06 AM

> I'm new to cygwin/xfree and I'm trying to change my xterm font.   What
> I did was, typed 'xlsfonts' at
> the command prompt.  Then I selected a font name and added it to my
> .Xdefaults, for example
> 'XTerm*font: -*-courier-bold-r-normal-*-*-180-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1'.
> This produced the following message:
> xterm:  unable to open font "*****", trying "fixed".... I repeat this
> procedure about 10 times and
> got the same message each time.   Is this fixable?  If so, what would
> you suggest?

	The old trick is to spark up xfontsel, which can help you narrow down to the font you want.  Then push the "select" button, which copies the (oft-mistyped) font spec onto the clipboard.

	Next, in an xterm, type "xterm -fn '", dump the clipboard, close the single quote and hit return to verify that the font is usable.

	If that works, then you get to double check your .XDefaults grammar.



P.S.  I got my setup to use that massive font as a test, and I envy your monitor, weak soul that I am.

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