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How are these two files connected to xrdb? Should I have both, or just one in my home directory? Do lines like these go in either file?

XTerm*background: white

URxvt.font: xft:Monospace
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3 pretty much answers this. – alanc Dec 16 '12 at 21:17
perfect, thanks! – Ternary Dec 16 '12 at 22:20

Xresources is a user-level configuration dotfile, typically located at ~/.Xresources

Using ~/.Xdefaults is deprecated, so this article will only refer to resources loaded with xrdb

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