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How to use xft fonts with Lucid linked Emacs

From: Ian Zimmerman
Subject: How to use xft fonts with Lucid linked Emacs
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:31:40 -0700

Hi everyone, it has been a long time.

I use Debian 23.3 packages, and I want to switch to the Lucid flavor because 
the gtk flavor pulls in my nemesis gconf.  It works, but I seem to be unable to 
use xft fonts.  After reading the manpage and info manual, I put this in my 

Emacs.pane.menubar*.font: Sans-12

But instead Emacs renders the menu with the "fixed" bitmap font, and I get this 
in my .xsession-errors:

Warning: Cannot convert string "Sans-12" to type FontStruct

I also tried adding this to .Xresources:

Emacs.FontBackend: xft,x

but that didn't change anything.

I am pretty sure Xft support is compiled in this version, at least the binary 
is linked with the xft and freetype libraries.  (How do I check that Xft 
support is present from within Emacs, by the way?)

Many thanks for any insights.

Ian Zimmerman
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