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Old 04-29-2004, 03:55 PM   #1
hallamigo
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Using Gnome but want to use Fluxbox


I've been using Gnome now for quite a while and all works well, but I want to move to something a little faster like Fluxbox but there is one thing holding me back - the font size in Mozilla Thunderbird is just too big in Fluxbox (and blackbox, fvwm2, kde, twm, wmaker) but is adjustable and not too big in Gnome and XFCE.

Three questions:
1. Why is this?
2. How can I adjust this font issue in the Fluxbox and the other WMs?
3. Is XFCE a faster WM compared to Gnome and more recommend IYHO?

BTW, I'm already using gtk-theme-switch-2.0.0rc2.tar.gz to size all my GTK fonts and it's working great for GAIM among other things - just not Thunderbird!

Thanks.
Hallamigo
 
Old 04-29-2004, 04:02 PM   #2
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well, for me, if i turn on antialias in fluxbox, that seems to make the font size bigger. if you want antialias on in fluxbox, but still want to control the size of the fonts, then you could edit the style being used and alter the font settings. styles for me are stored in /usr/share/fluxbox/styles. the line to edit (or add if there isn't a font setting specified) would look something like:

Code:
### font settings ###
*.font:          Tahoma-8
basically, use tahoma as the font at a size of 8 for this style.
 
Old 04-29-2004, 07:31 PM   #3
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Similar mail client to Thunderbird?

Thanks, I tried that and it changed all of the fonts except for Thunderbird. Maybe I need a new mail client - recommendations (aside from sylpheed, mozilla, netscape, and ximian.)?
 
Old 04-30-2004, 03:49 AM   #4
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Well, I'm now back on Fluxbox - I've decided to use my web based email interface for the time being. Good practice anyway so I'll know what my clients are using. Thanks all.
 
Old 04-30-2004, 04:38 AM   #5
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Try adding this line to your ~/.gtkrc-2.0:

gtk-font-name="Luxi Sans 9"

using whatever font and size you want. This will force the use of this font for all gtk2 apps, Thunderbird should use it for most of the text, and you can also change the font sizes through the options dialogue. You still get slightly larger fonts on the intro page, but who really cares.
 
Old 04-30-2004, 03:40 PM   #6
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That's awesome - it worked! I already had the following in my ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file which was put there by gtk-theme-switcher:

# -- THEME AUTO-WRITTEN DO NOT EDIT
include "/usr/share/themes/Default/gtk-2.0/gtkrc"
style "user-font"
{
font_name="Bitstream Charter 8"
}
widget_class "*" style "user-font"
include "/home/jhalladay/.gtkrc.mine"
# -- THEME AUTO-WRITTEN DO NOT EDIT

and it worked for everything except for Thunderbird. Adding your suggestion fixed it for Thunderbird also:

gtk-font-name="Bitstream Charter 8"

Thanks so much!
 
  


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