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maybe a problem with your environment settings: check your LANG, LANGUAGE, LC_ settings and that the right font format (isoxxxx-x,utf8) is in use. also be sure the selected font is able to print these caracters right.
Distribution: Ubuntu 4.10 (126.96.36.199-3-386) and loving it.
my current LANG is set to en_US.UTF-8
xterm is working ok with this setting and uses "fixed" for its app font.
If aterm is still not displaying dashes ("-") correctly then are you saying the issue lies with the LANG setting or that I need to choose another font for the app. So far i have chosen several fonts from my "xlsfonts" listing and have been unsucessful (or should i just keep trying more fonts)
I have also tried changing LANG variable to different settings, breaking xterm. So i know that LANG is set correctly (I'm hoping).
Not critical, but annoying (also, aterm is not displaying colors while displaying man pages . . . why just man pages, does it have to do with settings for my pager???)
Exactly same is my case (I already posted this in the forum about a month ago).
This happens not only with aterm but with rxvt, xvt etc. too. Only xterm is able to display it properly. I also noticed that wherever aterm was displaying strange chars, xterm was showing colored text. So could this be due to coloring? Is man page coloring something which only xterm is able to handle?
I tried other clients 'cause they are so much lightweight than xterm (heaviest of them all!). But it seems they are shedding some functionality as well with the size...
If you find a reason/solution, don't forget to post it...
im sure it's a font problem. had the same with the "+"-sign once and solved it by selecting another fnt that worked better with the LANG settings. seems to be kind of aterm specific.
have a look for xfontsel and try a few of them.
here's my aterm string..
aterm -fn -jmk-neep-medium-*-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-* -tr -tint violet -sh 60 -fg white -bg black +sb -sl 256 -vb
.. it depends on fonts that are installed on your system! my LANG isn't utf8 it's de_at@euro (aka iso8859-15 if i'm right).
I use FVWM & love the flexibility of it... however I'm just an "rpm" user & to apply transparency, I have to apply some patch, rebuild from source etc.etc. which is way beyond my league... Plus my PIII PC with 256 MB has hardly any memory left even when running only FVWM (even after brutal removal of all unwanted services)
if your piii is running that bad something other has to be wrong.
for example: i have an old p233mmx libretto with 64megs (harddrive dma also isn't supported) in use all the time. as desktop i use xfwm4 and the gnome panel. it's important to leave all that junk that comes with gnome (vfs,nautilus,sm-proxy,gconfd..) away. just the plain panel with a few addons (pager,..). everything important like abi-word, sylpheed(mail), aterm, epiphany (or firefox), xmms (better mp3blaster - but can't play streams) and also quite a lot unnecessary things are there. and 3/5 of 4Gig diskspace for oggs (it's also my ogg-player).
memory is different under linux. it is full all the time and that's ok. it get's used as disk- and app-buffer. however with 64M i'm in swap for sure.
to check your memory usage there's "$ free" for short. do a..
..to actually see where you're wasting memory. try to not run too much services you don't need at the moment. don't run more than 2 gettys (login inittab below). don't run a graphical login like gdm. and choose your applications with care: i had xfce before and spotted a memory-leak (it took all mem away by time) in the xfce-panel. so i installed the (larger) gnome-panel. xfce-panel should be solved with version 4.2 now.
this small computer is my favorite since years - and i *have* faster ones.
aterm runs with (pseudo)transparency on it -so i think it should sure be possible on yours.
here are a few speedups that come into my mind now:
hdparm -d1 /dev/hda
..sets dma mode for your first harddisk (hda & hdb on the first ide-controller, hdc & hdd on the second). they have to suppor it! see "$ man hdparm".
change some things in your inittab:
[...] two is usually enough!
see the "$ ps aux" output and check if there are things running you don't need. *caution* here ;) things that you don't know what they do don't mean they are unnecessary :) if you spot something, search for documentation (man, /usr/share/doc/) to get it known better and eventually disable it (lot of them get started in /etc/rc* or come up with your xsession).
afaik there is a small-machine-howto somewhere on the net that may give you some ideas. google.
btw: building from source isn't that hard at all. linux is getting more and more userfriendly and so are the scripts that come with the source. often it's nothing more than a "./configure; ./make; ./make-install" you'll have to do. they even tell if there's something missing in your development environment. worth a try.
Distribution: Ubuntu 4.10 (188.8.131.52-3-386) and loving it.
Yeah, sounds like other issues are at work.
My laptop only has 256MB. Which is why I'm trying so hard to get aterm to the liking, because it takes up so little memory real estate, even with the transparency. But remember it's only psuedo trans, so you should have no problem.
aterm from source is not that bad at all. i don' t think there are any depends required. It would be a great small application to try installing from soure if you have never done it before.
Maybe try stripping down your desktop. I tried just running enlightenment with no Desktop and started missing icons. After trying epplets and not being satisfied (also running gnome-session with E as window manager) I am now running this command at startup
(in my .Xclients-default)
this gives me the small footprint of a full featured window manager without all of Gnome's heavy apps. Though I still have access to any program from Gnome if I need them. But don't run nautilus . . . its a lot more than meets than eye (is it a window manager??? why does it load backgrounds and icons when run. I though metacity was the wm for Gnome???)
Anyway, there are plenty of smaller apps available if you start missing your file manager. But I have been long used to doing things from the command line.
Anyway, when finals are over I will post those results for clearing up the color issue (2 weeks).