options for larger text in xterm

Michael Cohen michael.cohen at netspeed.com.au
Sun Jan 7 11:04:48 CST 2007

  if you read the xterm manual you will find:

font (class Font)
               Specifies the name of the normal font.  The default is ‘‘fixed.’’

               See the discussion of the locale resource, which describes how this font may  be  overrid‐

               NOTE: some resource files use patterns such as
               *font: fixed

               which are overly broad, affecting both


               which is probably not what you intended.

and then font1, font2 etc.

These are xresources which must be set in ~/.Xdefaults. So you can use xfontsel
to choose a nice font and then create a .Xdefaults with for example:

xterm*font: -*-*-medium-r-*-*-24-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

A little bit of experimentation is required to choose just the right font. You
should be able to set the fonts in all other xtoolkit apps by using various
resources. I am not sure if you can just wild card all apps at once (*font maybe?).

On Sun, Jan 07, 2007 at 03:47:00AM -0500, Samuel Nicholas wrote:
> hello, first post,
> ive gone through the man pages for xterm a hundred times looking for
> an option at startup to make the text larger, i have to ctrl-rmb and
> select huge every time i run it.
> also is there anyway to make the text in all xtoolkit apps larger?
> thankyou
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