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Old 09-03-2015, 02:49 AM   #1
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best lightweight xterm alternative?

im looking for a new terminal to make as my default, currently im still using xterm and would like something suitable for a low-resource computer as im running archlinux with fluxbox on my netbook, the aesthetically pleasing terminals seem to require more resources than the rest (how much resources do even the compositing ones use?... so anyway, what are some good options?

also, would it be possible to get a terminal emulator to people out from one of the edges of the screen when my mouse moves to that area, like how you can set up docks to auto-hide when the mouse is move away from them?... if so, id like something like that but the sliding terminal emulators all seem to be hotkey activated
Old 09-03-2015, 04:31 AM   #2
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I personally use rxvt on my netbook. I have a few tweaks in my ~/.Xresources file.
! Map Home key to line start for Rxvt
Rxvt*keysym.0xff50:             ^a
! Map End key to line end for Rxvt
Rxvt*keysym.0xff57:             ^e
! Increase scrollback buffer from default 64 lines for Rxvt
Rxvt*saveLines:                 2048
! Set Rxvt scrollbar
Rxvt*scrollstyle:               next
I cannot help with the sliding though.
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Could the sliding be arranged by the window-manager? I am also using rxvt-unicode. It supports tabs and URL detection. This is my configuration:

! urxvt
XTerm*termName:         		rxvt-256color 
! Fonts
URxvt.imLocale:			ca_ES.utf8
URxvt*font: 			xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=16:antialias=true:hinting=true
! Bind C--, C-0(=) and C-+ to activate small, medium, and big font size resp. 
URxvt.keysym.C-minus: 		command:\033]710;xft:Liberation Mono:antialias=false:pixelsize=12\007
URxvt.keysym.C-0:		command:\033]710;xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=16:antialias=true:hinting=true\007
URxvt.keysym.C-plus:		command:\033]710;xft:Liberation Mono:antialias=false:pixelsize=20\007
! > Fonts (bold, italic, underline)
URxvt.colorBD:          	Gold
URxvt.colorIT:          	green
URxvt.underlineColor:   	yellow
! > Other Colors
URxvt.background:       	Black
URxvt.foreground:       	PaleGreen
URxvt.cursorColor:      	orange
URxvt.cursorColor2:     	darkblue
URxvt.pointerColor:     	orange
URxvt.pointerColor2:    	red
URxvt.borderColor:      	black
URxvt.highlightColor:   	DimGray
URxvt.throughColor:     	red
! > make sure that the colour 7 matches the default foreground colour
! URxvt.color7:           	PaleGreen

! Transparency:
! real transparency (composite)
URxvt.depth: 			32
! Urxvt*background: rgba:0000/0000/0200/c800
! urxvt.shading: 30
URxvt.cursorBlink:      	true
URxvt.borderLess:       	true
!URxvt.reverseVideo:     	false

! Transparent
URxvt.transparent:      	true
! URxvt.tintColor:        	forestgreen 
! URxvt.tintColor:        	manganeseblue
!  shading - 0 to 99 darkens, 101 to 200 lightens.
!  shading 0 -> fosc, 99-> clar
 URxvt.shading:          	30
! ScrollBar
URxvt.scrollBar:        	true
URxvt.scrollBar_right:		false
URxvt.scrollBar_floating:	false
URxvt.scrollTtyOutput:		true
URxvt.jumpScroll:i		true
URxvt.scrollColor:		green
URxvt.saveLines:        	8192
URxvt.scrollstyle:      	plain
URxvt.secondaryScroll:  	true
URxvt*secondaryWheel: 		true
! Url
URxvt.underlineURLs: 		true
URxvt.url-launcher:		chromium-browser
URxvt.matcher.button:		1
! Button 2 = middle
! Perl Extensions
URxvt.perl-ext-common:  	default,tabbed,matcher
! Visual Bell
URxvt.visualBell:		false
Old 09-03-2015, 02:53 PM   #4
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ive replaced xterm with rxvt as the "fallback" default terminal but im looking for something with a bit more features and customizability, but im on a netbook with an N270 CPU and 1 gig of RAM and im not sure how much the more graphical ones will take up.. though, im only running at most usually 2-3 terminal windows.. i am liking guake though for really quick access when i need to do a simple task and dont care to browse my menus for one
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Might help. Might not. My urxvt roks with style on my n270 atom netbook.
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Originally Posted by jason41987 View Post
ive replaced xterm with rxvt as the "fallback" default terminal but im looking for something with a bit more features and customizability
Have you read the man page(s) for rxvt-unicode?

It has a *lot* of features.

I like to start the daemon version (`urxvtd -q -f -o`) in my ~/.xinitrc and then call up client windows (`urxvtc`) as needed.

rxvt-unicode is the fastest of all the terminal emulators (and the best IMO).
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Sakura is a nice terminal, (Guake is the only dropdown that I know of)


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