cygwinX xwin resolution

Dr. Rob Higgins
Fri Jul 22 22:19:00 GMT 2016

Ahhh ... a totally separate platform has the same issue on this hi-res 
small screen. This laptop is new and Band-In-A-Box needs Windows or Mac, 
so I'm testing Win 10 with cygwin X to get some of the stuff I'm used to 
in Linux.

When testing Freeplane with Java 8 (in the Win 10 environment) and not 
connected to Cygwin X at all. Same issue - icons are all small and stay 
small but content can be enlarged, and menus are already large enough.

So, as an fyi for similar situations, I'm finding gnome-terminal and 
pcmanfm to be most accommodating Cygwin X apps in allowing larger 
content fonts and reasonable menu sizes even though toolbar icons remain 
very small.

Thanks for your help.


On 2016-07-22 9:25 AM, Jon Turney wrote:
> On 22/07/2016 05:23, Dr. Rob Higgins wrote:
>> I cannot find, after two days, any documentation on how and where to
>> specify resolution parameters. I must be barking up the wrong trees.
>> My laptop under Windows has recommended resolution set at 3200 x 1800
>> CygwinX X Windows are much to small, and barely readable.
> I guess this means that e.g. xterm font is too small, and so a 80x24
> character window is small?
>> Can anyone just tell me where to look, or what to specify?
> To answer the specific question, you can specify the a display
> resolution using the '-dpi' option.
> The "configuration" chapter of the user guide [1] points to "man XWin"
> [2], which in turn points to "man Xserver" [3] for general server
> options, including that one.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> If changing that helps, I'd be very interested to know what the
> autodetected value for dpi is, which is reported in
> /var/log/xwin/XWin.0.log

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