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Old 03-26-2008, 12:14 AM   #1
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Suggestions for good terminal font(s) - xterm, aterm, etc


I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for some good terminal fonts for xterm, aterm, and other similar basic terminal emulators (no anti-aliasing will be used). I primarily use aterm with a black tinted transparent background (white is my main font color).

I would like a font that looks good in 10pt and one that looks good in 12pt. Depending on the font, 11pt might be good. They don't have to be the same font for each of the sizes, since I know some fonts only look good at certain sizes.

Ideally, the font will already be installed on Slackware (12), but I am open to others.

The reason I ask this question is because I don't really like the default font. It looks good, but the letters are too close together so some letters blend together. I've played around with some of the Monospace fonts, but they don't look good without anti-aliasing.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
 
Old 03-26-2008, 12:29 AM   #2
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Try ProFont or ProggyFonts.
 
Old 03-26-2008, 01:05 AM   #3
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This is my ~/.Xresources
Quote:
# File : .Xresources
xterm*font: -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-18-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*
xterm*font1: -*-*-*-*-*-*-2-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xterm*font2: -misc-fixed-*-r-normal-*-8-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*
xterm*font3: -b&h-lucidatypewriter-bold-*-*-*-12-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xterm*font4: -*-screen-bold-r-normal-*-16-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*
xterm*font5: -*-lucidatypewriter-medium-*-*-*-18-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xterm*font6: -*-lucidatypewriter-medium-*-*-*-20-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xterm*font7: -dec-terminal-bold-r-normal-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*

XTerm*background: black
XTerm*foreground: white
XTerm*pointerColor: red
XTerm*pointerColorBackground: black
XTerm*cursorColor: green
XTerm*internalBorder: 3
XTerm*loginShell: true
XTerm*scrollBar: false
XTerm*scrollKey: true
XTerm*saveLines: 1000
XTerm*multiClickTime: 250
I found this sometime back on the net (http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2005/1...-in-linux.html). Works really well for me.
 
Old 03-26-2008, 09:04 AM   #4
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Google for Terminus fonts.
 
Old 03-26-2008, 02:38 PM   #5
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Another vote for terminus. It's the one I use and it's very easy on the eyes and looks quite good. There is even a slackbuild script at slackbuilds.org:

http://slackbuilds.org/repository/12...terminus-font/
 
Old 03-26-2008, 08:21 PM   #6
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I use konsole now, and there is a good bitmap font which
is in the Slackware system called Console. You will find
it as /usr/share/fonts/misc/9x15.pcf.gz but there are many
other choices in the directory if you don't like that size.

Not sure if you can use these, or how, for other terminals
as I switched from xterm to konsole a couple years ago.
 
Old 03-28-2008, 01:22 AM   #7
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Thank y'all for all the replies!

Xian,
Which ProggyFont style do you suggest? In the past when I tried some of them, but they were not what I was looking for. I'll have to look into ProFont.

duryodhan,
Those fonts look all right, but they are too big. When I use a smaller size they no longer look good.

pdw_hu & rg3,
I installed the Terminus fonts via the SlackBuild (used only one of the patches). I'm having trouble with it, however. The terminus fonts cannot be found when using xlsfonts. On another machine (the one I built the package on), they show up as
Code:
-xos4-terminus-*r-normal--*-*-72-72-c-*-*-*
Any idea why they don't show up on my laptop?
Is there another way I am supposed to specify them in .Xdefaults?

Bruce Hill,
Those fonts look good, but 9x15 was too big. I found 8x13 is almost just right. The only problem I have with it is that I have to make my aterm a little wider or else my man pages are all funked up. I'd prefer not to have to make aterm any wider (thus the reason for using smaller fonts), but this font is the closest to what I am looking for thus far.

Thanks again for all the replies!
 
Old 03-28-2008, 06:54 AM   #8
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By default terminus fonts are located in /usr/share/fonts/local.
Add that directory to your xorg.conf file (and possibly /etc/fonts/fonts.conf, or rather local.conf -> read the notes about this in fonts.conf).

On another note: you could just use the TTF fonts like bitsream or dejavu with a terminal too (given the *term supports Xft), for example what I use:
URxvt*fontName: xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=14

Last edited by pdw_hu; 03-28-2008 at 06:57 AM.
 
Old 03-28-2008, 11:25 AM   #9
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Slightly OT --

I, too, use Konsole (KDE 3.5.3); & I set it to Monospace, Regular, 12. These are right for my combination of video card, monitor, & age/eyesight. Terminus is included in the fonts available in Konsole, so I gave it a quick test drive. Although it's pretty nice, I'll stick w/ Monospace because:
  • It distinguishes the key characters -- oO0 iI|!1lL -- better.
  • 12 is too small & 14 (13 is not available) is too big (for me & my comb....).
  • Regular is too light & Bold is too bold again for me & my ...
Note: I just turned 63 (yesterday ) & prefer black text on a bright white background. YMWV.

IAC, thanks for the tip -- I'm always on the lookout for more fonts which distinguish 'oO0 iI|!1lL' well.

Edit:
I just noticed that my browser's Sans Serif font shows no difference between 'I' "EYE" & 'l' "ell".
"Phonetically" the whole set is: oh OH zero eye EYE bar bang one ell ELL
Code:
oO0 iI|!1lL

Last edited by archtoad6; 03-28-2008 at 11:38 AM. Reason: add comment
 
Old 03-28-2008, 11:44 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pdw_hu View Post
By default terminus fonts are located in /usr/share/fonts/local.
Add that directory to your xorg.conf file (and possibly /etc/fonts/fonts.conf, or rather local.conf -> read the notes about this in fonts.conf).

On another note: you could just use the TTF fonts like bitsream or dejavu with a terminal too (given the *term supports Xft), for example what I use:
URxvt*fontName: xftejaVu Sans Monoixelsize=14
Thanks, pdw_hu. I had to add /usr/share/fonts/local to my font paths in xorg.conf. This was already there on my desktop, including other font directories like CID and Speedo (I have no idea what those fonts are suited for).

I agree with an earlier comment that it is too bad there isn't a 13 size for terminus. 12 looks really good (in white), but unfortunately, some letters blend together when colors are involved (I use a ls alias with --color=always). 14 is just slightly too big. I have the same problem with the 8x13 font; I have to expand the width of my terminal a little bit.

I also tried the Profont, but I did not care for it too much. Overall, I like the 8x13 font and the Terminus 14 font the best. Thanks again for all your help!


Happy Belated Birthday Archtoad6!
 
Old 03-28-2008, 11:56 PM   #11
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Also check out Envy Code R Font. That blog is a good resource as well.
 
Old 03-29-2008, 10:57 AM   #12
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Also check out Envy Code R Font. That blog is a good resource as well.
Thanks for another great link, Xian! It looks like the current version of this font doesn't support Bitmaps, so I'm going to wait until this changes before trying this one out.
 
Old 03-30-2008, 04:31 PM   #13
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I have been a long time terminus user, but that Envy Code R Font looks cool. Thanks for the link Xian.
 
  


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