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XTerm font is very small. How can I set it larger?

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If you don't already have one, create a file in your home directory named .Xresources to store your preferences for various X programs. Append a line to the file such as

xterm*font:     *-fixed-*-*-*-18-*

This informs xterm to use the 'fixed' font at size 18.

From here, you can either restart X or run xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources in a terminal to incorporate the changes you've made. All new xterms should now have the font change.

If you run man xterm and go down to the RESOURCES section, you can find a wealth of additional, configurable xterm options.

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Thanks noffle it worked....but how can i set the dimensions of the xterm windows to a fixed ones? –  Sudo Jul 10 '12 at 9:32
The X resource for dimensions is geometry. So something like the following in your .Xresources would work: xterm*geometry: 110x50. –  noffle Jul 10 '12 at 14:07
Thanks noffle i really appreciate your help :) –  Sudo Jul 10 '12 at 16:13
You're welcome. Consider creating a separate question in the future for the geometry issue rather than tacking it into a comment: it makes it harder for others to find. –  noffle Jul 10 '12 at 17:06
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You can also Ctrl-Right mouse click for temporary change of font size

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you can also simply test them with :

xterm -fn "--clean--*---*---*---*-*"

after sel with xfontsel

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