Emacs font trouble

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Fri Sep 20 02:17:00 GMT 2013

On 9/19/2013 5:07 PM, Robert McBroom wrote:
> 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
>>>>> screen.
>>>> 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
>>   http://cygwin.com/problems.html
>> Ken
> 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.

Try this:

   emacs -fn "Lucida Console-9"

Alternatively, put the following line in your .Xdefaults:

   Emacs.font:  Lucida Console-9

Both work for me.


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