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From: James Cloos <cloos@×××××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Cc: Allan Gottlieb <gottlieb@×××.edu>
Subject: [gentoo-user] Re: "6x13" font for gnome-terminal
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 20:43:09
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] "6x13" font for gnome-terminal by Allan Gottlieb
1 >>>>> "Allan" == Allan Gottlieb <gottlieb@×××.edu> writes:
3 Allan> ... I use what [the] 6x13 [bdf] font.
4 Allan> Its [xlfd] name is
5 Allan> -Misc-Fixed-Medium-R-SemiCondensed--13-120-75-75-C-60-ISO8859-1
7 Allan> Is there some way I can tell gnome-terminal to use
8 Allan> -Misc-Fixed-Medium-R-SemiCondensed--13-120-75-75-C-60-ISO8859-1
10 Yes, xft supports bitmap fonts and this one should be in the list.
12 It can be a bit of work to get the right fontconfig name for a given
13 xlfd name, so the best thing to do is to find the fonts.dir file that
14 matches the xlfd to a filename, and find that same filename in the
15 fonts.cache-1 file in that directory.
17 The font you want is in /usr/share/fonts/misc/6x13-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz
18 and that matches this line in /usr/share/fonts/misc/fonts-cache-1:
20 ,----
21 | "6x13-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz" 0 "Fixed-12:style=SemiCondensed:slant=0:
22 | weight=100:width=87:pixelsize=13:spacing=110:foundry=Misc:
23 | antialias=False:index=0:outline=False:scalable=False:dpi=75:
24 | charset= |>^1!|>^1!|>^1!P0oWQ |>^1!|>^1!|>^1!:
25 | lang=aa|...long-list...|zu:
26 | fontversion=0:fontformat=PCF"
27 `----
29 I've manually broken that to fit in 80 cols, and elided the full list
30 of the lang attribute.
32 This means that the string from Fixed to PCF is the full fontconfig
33 name. In practice you can leave out a lot of that. This should let
34 you view the font:
36 :; xfd -fa 'Fixed-12:style=semicondensed:pixelsize=13:foundry=misc'
38 the equivalent invocation for that font as a server-side font is:
40 :; xfd -fn -Misc-Fixed-Medium-R-SemiCondensed--13-120-75-75-C-60-ISO8859-1
42 To get gnome-terminal to use that font you may need to manually edit
43 the gconf file. I'd first make a named profile in gnome-terminal's
44 edit current profile dialog (from the right-click menu), and then
45 look for that profile's name in:
47 ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/
49 The default profile is named Default, and its gconf file is:
51 ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/%gconf.xml
53 In that file, look for:
55 <entry name="font"
57 and put the fontconfig name in the <stringvalue> container w/in that
58 entry.
60 There is also an x_font entry that appears to take an xlfd, so I'd
61 change that, too.
63 Depending on your dpi setting, you might even get lucky by using g-t's
64 dialog to choose Fixed, style=semicondensed and one of the offered
65 point sizes. On my 133dpi screen -- with X actually using that dpi --
66 I was unable to get the dialog to match 6x13.
68 As an alternative, you can try Vera Mono or DevaVu Mono; they have
69 about the same aspect ratio as the bdf fixed fonts and look as good
70 if you have freetype installed w/o bindist in USE. Ie, when using
71 the bycode interpreter, the hinting leaves the stems sharp and adds
72 just a hint of smoothing to the curves and diagonals. It looks
73 especially sweet on an LCD w/ fontconfig setup w/ rgba.
75 -JimC
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Re: [gentoo-user] Re: "6x13" font for gnome-terminal Allan Gottlieb <gottlieb@×××.edu>