Monday, August 19, 2013

Whipping Xterm into shape

I wanted to blog about whipping Xterm into shape and switching to it from "heavier" Terminal Emulators provided by Desktop Environments (such as GNOME-Terminal, Konsole or even Xfce Terminal) or Terminator.

I can't really top this post from +Lukáš Zapletal that I came across. In that post, he taught me more than I ever knew about setting up Xterm for real work, so thank you!

Although I can't top his excellent documentation, I can share what I adopted for myself from his post. I'll share my .Xresources file with you here:

As you can see, I also like Terminus as a console font, and I've used it in other terminal emulators as well. Although Lukáš prefers size 18, I prefer 16 as default. I'm also simply (at least for now) using Xterm's default color scheme, although w/ a white foreground and black background. Thanks again Lukáš for such a great post!

1 comment:

  1. Here is mine, with VGA palette, truetype fonts, 256color mode and scrollbar to the right:

    xterm*faceName: Lucida Console
    xterm*faceNameDoublesize: VL Gothic
    xterm*faceSize: 12
    xterm*geometry: 80x50
    xterm*jumpScroll: true
    xterm*rightScrollBar: true
    xterm*saveLines: 2000
    xterm*utf8Title: true
    xterm*visualBell: false
    xterm*bellIsUrgent: true
    xterm*internalBorder: 0

    ! xterm*eightBitInput: false
    ! xterm*metaSendsEscape: true

    !! color modes
    *customization: -color
    xterm*termName: xterm-256color
    xterm*dynamicColors: true
    xterm*alwaysBoldMode: false
    xterm*boldMode: false
    xterm*colorMode: true
    xterm*colorBDMode: true
    xterm*colorBD: rgb:fc/fc/fc

    xterm*foreground: rgb:a8/a8/a8
    xterm*background: rgb:00/00/00

    !! dos colors
    xterm*color0: rgb:00/00/00
    xterm*color1: rgb:a8/00/00
    xterm*color2: rgb:00/a8/00
    xterm*color3: rgb:a8/54/00
    xterm*color4: rgb:00/00/a8
    xterm*color5: rgb:a8/00/a8
    xterm*color6: rgb:00/a8/a8
    xterm*color7: rgb:a8/a8/a8
    xterm*color8: rgb:54/54/54
    xterm*color9: rgb:fc/54/54
    xterm*color10: rgb:54/fc/54
    xterm*color11: rgb:fc/fc/54
    xterm*color12: rgb:54/54/fc
    xterm*color13: rgb:fc/54/fc
    xterm*color14: rgb:54/fc/fc
    xterm*color15: rgb:fc/fc/fc