[lug] changing X-fonts

Wayde Allen wallen at boulder.nist.gov
Thu Jun 29 14:20:56 MDT 2000

On Thu, 29 Jun 2000, Michael J. Hammel wrote:

> Thus spoke Wayde Allen
> > I'd like to keep my current screen resolution 1024x768 screen resolution
> > but be able to adjust font sizes.  I've tried tweaking the xfont server 
> > config file, but that doesn't seem to be having the intended affect.  I'm
> > running Debian 2.1.  Any suggestions on where to look?
> Font sizes are generally application specific.  There isn't a global
> setting to make all fonts bigger.  Is that what you were looking for, a
> configuration to make all fonts appear larger?

Yes, that was the basic idea.

> Window managers are usually the hardest to configure with respect to fonts,
> though GNOME and KDE have made big strides in globally configuring their
> environments.  Applications vary on how they allow font configurations.
> Unfortunately, most open source apps are pretty poor in this area.  A few
> commercial apps, like Netscape, are much better at it.  Netscape, however,
> only seems to adjust the page display fonts, not the application fonts
> themselves (ie not in the menus, buttons, etc.).
> In general, applications using Xt or Motif widgets have an applications
> resource configuration file, usually found under
> /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/app-defaults, for adjusting fonts.  These configuration
> files can also be set up on a per user basis (see O'Reillys X User Guide,
> which is volume 3 in the X series, for more details). GTK applications use
> a .gtkrc file in the users $HOME directory.  With .gtkrc you can specify the
> fonts for *all* applications that use GTK+.  It's also possible to make
> gtkrc files for individual applications as well, which is what I do with my
> XNotesPlus package.  I'm not sure how Qt (ie KDE) configures fonts though I 
> suspect there is a configuration file somewhere for this.

OK, that helps quite a bit.


- Wayde
  (wallen at boulder.nist.gov)

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