I am visually impaired and have difficulty with the current settings (9x15 and 9x15bold) which my script is specifying. I would like to enlarge the fonts; how do I determine which values are possible for the fn and fb options?

In other words, I know that xterm is invoked like this: xterm -fn 9x15 -fb 9x15bold ...

I would like to increase the font size, but do not know how to determine what options are available nor how to (perhaps) increase the options available.

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The X server finds its fonts along its "FontPath". If you do a grep -A 7 FontPath /var/log/Xorg.0.log you'll see directories with fonts files in them.

Take a look at this link,

and Big-X cursor

and the Font HOW-TO

  • Thank you for the information. I continue my journey now... Since posting the question, I have a few more... Hopefully these resources will help.
    – TheGeeko61
    Dec 19, 2011 at 0:22
  • although your answer may have been really helpful for the OP, it doesn't answer the question about possible parameters using xterm with it's option -fn and -fb Jul 5, 2014 at 9:23

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