XWin: Tiny fonts on high resolution display

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Sat Sep 29 02:25:00 GMT 2018

On 9/28/2018 8:06 PM, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> | From: "Ken Brown" <kbrown@cornell.edu>
> | To: "cygwin" <cygwin@cygwin.com>
> | Sent: Friday, September 28, 2018 6:32:25 PM
> | Subject: XWin: Tiny fonts on high resolution display
> | A Google search shows that this is a very frequently asked question (e.g.,
> | https://sourceware.org/ml/cygwin/2016-07/msg00247.html), but I haven't found a
> | good answer, except perhaps to use Gnome or some other desktop environment.  (I
> | haven't tried that yet.)
> |
> | I just got a new laptop with a 3840x2160 display.  When I start the X server via
> | startxwin, xterm and emacs open small windows with tiny fonts.  Here are the
> | xterm and emacs settings in my .Xresources:
> But none of those are for fonts.  With bitmap fonts, you generally can use 10x20
> (12x24 is not so good).  Otherwise, your choice would be a TrueType font (which
> generally have poor coverage of Unicode -- a problem since xterm loads only one font).
> If you don't need to read CJKV, that's okay though...
> With TrueType fonts, you can scale it:
> https://invisible-island.net/xterm/manpage/xterm.html#VT100-Widget-Resources:faceSize

Thanks.  The 10x20 font was still too small, but I was able to get a reasonable 
xterm by adding

   XTerm*faceName: Lucida Console
   XTerm*faceSize: 24

to .Xresources.  The only remaining problem is that the menus are still tiny.  I 
saw https://invisible-island.net/xterm/xterm.faq.html#tiny_menus, so I changed 
'XTerm*geometry:  80x45' to 'XTerm.VT100.geometry:  80x45'.  But that didn't 
help.  Do you know how I can fix the menu fonts?


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