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#1 2018-10-13 17:53:08

Registered: 2018-10-13
Posts: 1

urxvt misc-fixed bold font unreadable, while xterm looks perfect


I performed a fresh install of Arch today.  I have nothing installed
except X11, icewm, Firefox, xterm and urxvt.  (I also installed Gimp
to make a screenshot).  The configuration is totally stock.  I have no
.Xresources, and no .Xdefaults in my home directory.

I love the typeface "Fixed", which is also the
default X Window Font, for example in xterm.

I prefer urxvt over xterm, but unfortunately, on my machine, bold text
is not displayed correctly in urxvt, while it comes out right in

Please have a look at a screenshot: or

I found an Arch Wikipage about urxvt font declation methods.





works fine as long I do it
through xft (


).  I tried many variants, and it is hard
to interpret the sometimes surprising results I got, but in the end I
failed to select the stock X11 unaliased bold variant of "Fixed" that
I see in xterm.

The Wikipage also mentions


, and
gives a few examples about selecting bitmap fonts.  Neither the
examples, nor any string from


worked on my machine.

I spend a lot of time browsing the forum, and it seems as if describes the same

Later I installed xfontsel.  While I can select the regular variant of
misc-fixed, a bold variant does not seem to be available.

$ pacman -Q | grep xorg-fonts
xorg-fonts-100dpi 1.0.3-3
xorg-fonts-75dpi 1.0.3-3
xorg-fonts-alias 1.0.3-2
xorg-fonts-encodings 1.0.4-5

I'm sure that this problem has something to do with the default xft
configuration, but I can't think of anything else to try.  I'm sure
that I'm not the only urxvt-using lover of "Fixed" out there, so help
would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,


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