.Xdefaults file

Yuri Pankov yuri.pankov at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 19:35:27 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 09:38:19AM -0800, Rem P Roberti wrote:
> On my desktop box I settled on an xterm font and font size by
> experimenting thus:
> xterm -fa 'Bitstream Vera Sans Mono' -fs 10
> I went through a number of fonts until I settled on the one I liked
> most.  Then I created an .Xdefaults file in my home directory which 
> included:
> Xterm*faceName Bitstream Vera Sans Mono
> Xterm*faceSize 10

I think case matters here, i.e. XTerm*, not Xterm or xterm.

> Everything works fine.  However, when I tried to to this on my old
> Compaq Presario on which I have 7.2 installed it doesn't work.  Oddly,
> I can create an xterm window using the original xterm command that I
> used when I was experimenting with fonts, and the window opens and is
> rendered correctly, but I can't get X to read the .Xdefaults file.  Any
> ideas on why .Xdefauts works on the desktop box but not the laptop?
> Rem  


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