[lug] another newbie HOWTO suggestion

Ralf Mattes rm at ns.aura.de
Fri Feb 11 14:18:54 MST 2000

On Fri, 11 Feb 2000, Gary Hodges wrote:


> One of the things I've made very little use of, and probably should make 
> more use of is the .Xdefaults file.  Thanks to Hugh for bringing this up 
> in his reply to me RE: nxterm.  As a relative beginner, I know that it is 
> not altogether clear what goes in the .Xdefaults file from the man pages 
> of the various applications.
> I see this as a pretty basic Linux/Unix system config item that more 
> folks would make use of if they just knew _how_ to make use of it, e.g 
> the connection between man page entries and what goes in .Xdefaults.  It 
> shouldn't be a very long HOWTO doc either.
> ...I just scanned XWindow-User-HOWTO, and section 8.4 does cover the 
> .Xdefaults file, but I still think a little something could be written up.


I'm not so shure about the usefullness of .Xdefaults. Newer 
applications (esp. those for Linux) tend to use toolkits that
come with their own set of resource files (.gtkrc for example).
To me it seems like Themes will be the future way to customizing
your desktops look and feel. As far as i remember there is a decent
chapter on the X-resource database in Ousterhouts TCL/TK book.


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