Re: [dev] [dmenu] XLFD fonts are not supported

From: Hiltjo Posthuma <>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2021 23:18:27 +0200

On Sun, May 16, 2021 at 10:39:27PM +0200, wrote:
> If I try
>     printf 'X\n' | dmenu -fn '-misc-fixed-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*'
> with Dmenu 5.0, it runs with a fallback font that is clearly not the XLFD Fixed font. No warning, nothing at all on standard error to hint at the fact that it is not using it.
> I believe that either the manual page should document that XLFD is not supported anymore or that the stderr should be used to warn users that the font was not recognized and a fallback was used instead.

dmenu uses Xft fonts since atleast dmenu 4.5, which was released in 2015.

Maybe it is a good idea to document in the man page though (Xft / freetype /
fontconfig), not sure.

Kind regards,
Received on Sun May 16 2021 - 23:18:27 CEST

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