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Re: Getting emacs23 to use Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-8 font


From: Doctor Who
Subject: Re: Getting emacs23 to use Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-8 font
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 09:04:26 -0400

On 7/20/08, Tim X <address@hidden> wrote:
> "Doctor Who" <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> On 7/19/08, Joel J. Adamson <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> "Doctor Who" <address@hidden> writes:
>>>
>>>> I'm trying to get emacs23 to use Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-8 as the
>>>> font.  When I try to invoke emacs like this:
>>>>
>>>> emacs --font "Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-8"
>>>>
>>>> I get the error:
>>>>
>>>> Font `Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-8' is not defined
>>>
>>> One way to do it:
>>> ,----~/.Xdefaults
>>> |
>>> | !Emacs
>>> | Emacs*font:       -xos4-terminus-medium-*-normal-*-12-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1
>>> | Emacs*cursorColor:        magenta
>>> | Emacs*foreground: White
>>> | Emacs*background: Black
>>> | Emacs*borderwidth:        0
>>> | Emacs*bitmapIcon: on
>>> | ! Lucid resources:
>>> |
>>> Emacs.pane.menubar.font:    
>>> -adobe-helvetica-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1
>>> |
>>> Emacs*menu*fontSet:         
>>> -adobe-helvetica-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1
>>> | Emacs.dialog*.font:
>>>             -adobe-helvetica-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1
>>> | Emacs.dialog*.foreground: Black
>>> | Emacs.dialog*.background: Gray
>>> | Emacs.pane.menubar.foreground:  Black
>>> | Emacs.pane.menubar.background:  Gray
>>> `----
>>>
>>> $ xrdb ~/.Xdefaults
>>>
>>> and open Emacs anew.
>>>
>>> Use xfontsel to find the name of the font that you want (where I have
>>> terminus above).
>>>
>>> Another way is to customize the default face and put in the name of the
>>> font under "Family."
>>>
>>> Joel
>>
>>
>> Thanks.  A couple of questions:
>>
>> 1)  If I use the example .Xdefaults like you listed above, are the
>> pipe symbols (|} included at the beginning of several lines to be
>> included as well?
>>
>> 2)  Apparently I'm not familiar with the xfonsel command enough to get
>> the desired output I want.  I'm trying to use Bitstream Vera Sans-8 as
>> the default font for the emacs editor window.  Running 'xfontsel
>> -pattern Bitstream' does not give any results (that I can see).
>>
>
> The correct command is xfontsel. Start it up and select Bitstream from
> the family and then work forward. However.....
>
> I'm not sure xfontsel is still a good way to select fonts now we have
> support for freetype, xft etc. At one time, xfontsel was unable to deal
> with things like true type fonts and antialiased fonts etc.
>
> Try using the fc-* family of font manipulation commands, such as
> fc-match and fc-list. See the man pages.
>
> Tim
>

Thanks.  So I found the default font I want to use as the default in
the emacs editor window using fc-list:

Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:style=Roman

Now, how do I go about having emacs-23 use this font in the editor
window?  Do I use ~/.Xresources or ~/Xdefaults.  What is the correct
syntax for the file to use?

Thanks!




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