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Old 09-27-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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xterm fans anyone?

hello folks...
my system: LFS + Xorg + fluxbox + rox.
i find the xterm terminal emulator provided with xorg quite complete and think i'll not install any other emulator till i am convinced that i want to do without xterm. but i feel there is a lot of tweaking to be done to make it work/look like i want it to. i refered the man page. but a lot of stuff was pretty unclear.. like setting different fontsand their size, key sequences for copy/paste etc (paste is SHIFT-INS, but copy ??.. nonetheless there are many more things..).
it would be great if you guys can guide me to a nice 'hands on' tutor.... i'm sure the man page will make much more sense after that.
BTW, post any pros and cons you feel of NOT having any emulator other than xterm.
Old 09-27-2005, 12:41 PM   #2
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You can copy in the term by highlighting the text, it is on the clipboard.
You can paste by middle mouse click, or combo right-left click if you are using 3 button emulation.
Old 09-27-2005, 03:59 PM   #3
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I can't speak for other terminal emulators, but I like aterm's easy config file. In a flash I can adjust transparency, font size and color, default window size, and default title bar. All that with a small memory footprint.

It is a thing of beauty...
Old 09-28-2005, 10:23 AM   #4
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HEY WHAT !! Nobody likes xterm anymore? hmm... that makes me think of alternatives then.
Old 09-28-2005, 12:05 PM   #5
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Originally posted by logicalfuzz
HEY WHAT !! Nobody likes xterm anymore? hmm... that makes me think of alternatives then.
I like xterm but I'm far from a guru on it! I just use it with most of its defaults.

Old 09-28-2005, 03:25 PM   #6
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After switching from KDE to Fluxbox I took a liking to xterm because of it's simplicity. The only thing I miss that Konsole offered is translucent backgrounds, but that's just eye candy. For me, switching from KDE was partly to get away from eye candy.

The xterm man page does list everything you can set using parameters. When I used a login manager I had a .Xresources file with some ettings in it. It seems that using startx ignores that file, so in my ~/.fluxbox/menu file I added parameters to the xterm command, like this:

xterm -bg black -fg white --scrollbar --rightbar

Refer to the man page to verify the scrollbar options. I'm on a Window$ machine right now trying to remember. But this will set xterm with a black background, white text and a rightside scrollbar. I just recently learned how to copy/paste. Highlight what you want to copy from xterm, go to the program you want to paste into and either middle-click or use right+left click together.
Old 09-28-2005, 05:11 PM   #7
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The only terminal that I've found that supports both UTF-8 and transparency (except from gnome-terminal and konsole), is rxvt-unicode, and it's great (launch with urxvt, similar to uxterm)

I think rxvt is better than xterm.

rxvt, version 2.7.10, is a colour vt102 terminal emulator intended as
an xterm(1) replacement for users who do not require features such as
Tektronix 4014 emulation and toolkit-style configurability. As a
result, rxvt uses much less swap space -- a significant advantage on a
machine serving many X sessions.
The man-page is great. Check out the resources, and put the config you want in .Xdefaults
Old 09-28-2005, 06:20 PM   #8
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I used to use xterm, then went to aterm, and now have moved to rxvt. It seems to start faster and use less RAM (1mb / instance for all I've heard). Plus, xterm is sort of "default", and therefore boring
Old 09-28-2005, 08:05 PM   #9
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I do use RXVT for Cygwin, but never under Xwindows. It does work nicely for that.


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