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#1 2004-04-13 21:32:33

naperdave
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Can't figure how to get larger fonts in terminal

I am new and very happy to say I've got Arch/XFCE/nfs working on network and soon to work on Samba but how in the wide wide world of sports can I get larger font on my terminal when in XFCE?

Thanks in advance,
Dave

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#2 2004-04-13 22:13:48

dp
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Re: Can't figure how to get larger fonts in terminal

if it's xterm you use, you can simply specify another font:

 xterm -fa courier

... other tricks can be done in your ~/ .Xdefaults file

EDIT:
and check if the DisplaySize is set right in /etc/X11/XF86Config

it should be the value of the size of your monitor in milimeters (width heigh)

Section "Monitor"
...
  DisplaySize  305 230
...
EndSection

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#3 2004-04-15 11:25:29

naperdave
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Re: Can't figure how to get larger fonts in terminal

I should have been more specific as it is the font size i'm looking to change
as this is totally tiny. I will look in the above mentioned files- let me know if
I should look elsewhere.

Thanks again

NaperDave

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#4 2004-04-15 15:05:47

skoal
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Re: Can't figure how to get larger fonts in terminal

naperdave wrote:

I am new and very happy to say I've got Arch/XFCE/nfs working on network and soon to work on Samba but how in the wide wide world of sports...

I too have experienced the "agony of defeat" with fonts and xterm.  Here is how I use to launch my xterm:

xterm -fa "andale:size=18" -bg black -fg white -geometry 80x25 -tn xterm-color -sl 1000

* The key is the "size" parameter after the font (fa)mily name.  I was using True Type fonts and was using "andale" in this case.  I believe the size field should be applicable to whichever font you choose.  Alternatively, I believe you can pass the "-fs" option to xterm to accomplish the same thing as ":size".

For example,

xterm -fa "andale" -fs "18"

will accomplish the same text size as in the first example.  Just try different font size (fs) values, and see which values will actually scale for that font.

One caveat, I believe the "fa" option for xterm is limited to the freetype library fonts.

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