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This might be an exceedingly silly question, but I can't seem to solve it anyway. I want to use GNU's Unifont in xterm, and with the purpose in mind I installed the package xfonts-unifont, but to no avail; I do know I am supposed to use the -fn option for bitmap fonts, and (probably) something like "xterm*font: 7x13" in the .Xresources file, but for that I need to know the NAME of the bitmap font. Using "Unifont" or "unifont" didn't help.

Can anyone please suggest me exactly what I should write in my .Xresources file to make xterm use the bitmap version of Unifont? I don't want to use ttfs, not for xterm anyway. Thanks in advance. By the way, I'm using Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.

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First, I'd recommend using an xterm alternative instead of customizing it.

But since you asked, there is this utility called xfontsel (in the x11-utils package) that gives you the font names for font resources. In this case, the font name you are looking for is -gnu-unifont-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

You can test it on the command line using:

xterm -font '-gnu-unifont-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*'

So to answer your question, your .Xresources would contain this line

xterm*font: -gnu-unifont-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

and don't forget to reload it with xrdb -merge .Xresources

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  • Thanks! What I got wrong the first time is a reboot is needed for xfontsel to take effect. – nos_feratu Jan 7 '16 at 16:31

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