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Re: cvs emacs scales fonts to awfully big?

From: Peter Dyballa
Subject: Re: cvs emacs scales fonts to awfully big?
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 01:17:20 +0100

Am 02.01.2009 um 22:41 schrieb Peter Tury:

However, none of these affected Emacs: it still uses 11.8pt high fonts
(previously it was 12pt)!? Where does this default come from? I guess
that code should be improved.

I think the default font size is set to be 16 pt – I've seen such LARGE characters at different times with Emacs versions on Macs and in MS Losedos. On a 129 DPI display it should be much larger to achieve the same readability!

The actual font used can be determined by typing C-u C-x = on some character. You could also invoke M-x describe-fontset RET RET.

On 2008 dec. 28, 01:38, Peter Dyballa <address@hidden> wrote:

In KDE and GNOME there are rule settings about appropriate font
sizes. An optimised bitmapped font for 100 DPI is larger than the
same font for 75 DPI. When the X11 font path has the 100 DPI font
before the 75 DPI fonts than these larger fonts are used.

How can I check if this is the case now for me? (I use Gnome on Ubuntu

xset -q

GNU Emacs 23.0.60 uses libXft. When a 100 DPI display is assumed by Xft then
quite large 75 DPI fonts might be used ...

I think now this can be ruled out in my case (becasue of my
~/.Xresources settings; see above).
Am I right?

Do you see these settings from 'xrdb -q | grep <some setting>' ?

To me it looks as if GNU Emacs creates its startup fontset from either an X resource Emacs*font (I am using on a 100 or 96 DPI LCD -*- lucidatypewriter-medium-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-m-*-iso10646-1). This can be overwritten with font or fontset settings from initial-frame-alist and default-frame-alist. You can try this also on the command line:

        emacs [usual options etc] -xrm 'Emacs*font: <some XLFD>' &

XLFD = X Logical Font Description, /usr/X11/share/X11/doc/hardcopy/ XLFD/xlfd.PS.gz

Another option is to use the fonts menu (S-mouse-1). Here you can decrease the font size. Once you've found something useful you could choose "Save Options" from the Options menu. Could be it saves something meaningful in your init file!

Have you tried to read the Emacs manual? C-h i ... There is also info- apropos.



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