Good Terminal for X?

Anonymous swell.k at
Fri Aug 6 15:53:48 UTC 2010

Chip Camden <sterling at> writes:

> Quoth Roland Smith on Friday, 06 August 2010:
>> On Fri, Aug 06, 2010 at 03:12:11AM -0500, Depo Catcher wrote:
>> > 
>> > I use Icewm, so don't want to install all that kde/gnome 
>> > libs/dependencies and such to get konsole or gnome-console (but both are 
>> > nice)
>> > 
>> > xterm does display some things correctly (like sysinstall type command 
>> > line GUIs).
>> Try x11/rxvt-unicode. It doesn't require Gnome nor KDE libraries, and it does
>> handle unicode well. It's a lot lighter than xterm. And it has transparancy or
>> backgrounds if you like that.
> On the subject of unicode, can anyone recommend a good terminal font that
> includes all (or most) unicode characters?

If I'm not mistaken unicode coverage can be achieved by combining several
fonts using fontconfig[1]. The good start would be to combine DejaVu Sans Mono
with some CJK font of your choice.

[1] This is where xterm sucks, it can only use normal + double-width font.

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