Re: [dev] [st] can't use Xterm font

From: Nils Reuße <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:17:35 +0100

On 23.02.2015 17:48, Greg Reagle wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2015, at 10:24 AM, Vampyrah Broadcasting wrote:
>> I want to use Xterms font in st. The Arch Wiki page about Xterm (
>> ) says that xterm uses the
>> font
>> -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-?
>> also abbrevated to 6x13. I have verified that with xfontsel. My
>> problem is that I cant select this font in the config.h file of st,
>> nor can I use anything else that looks like XTerms font in xfontsel.
>> Instead, it looks like what's in the attachment. What must I do to
>> make the font right?
> I have a similar problem, possibly the same problem. I am running
> Xubuntu 14.04. I really like the font from xterm that I've used for
> many years before switching over to st recently, but it shows up
> distorted like in your screen shot. A lot of the fonts I try show up
> distorted like that.
> What I am doing now is I've made config.h in st:
> static char font[] = "Liberation
> Mono:pixelsize=15:antialias=false:autohint=false";
> This looks pretty good for me. I'd prefer to be able to use the xterm
> font, but Liberation Mono is good enough for me to work with. Also,
> FYI, in case you don't already know, you can use keys to increase and
> decrease the font size. I submitted a patch to update the man page but
> it hasn't been included yet.
> I have a hunch that the problem has something to do with the type of the
> font, trutype versus bitmapped versus type 1, but I am no expert in font
> technology.

If you're using an ubuntu flavor, bitmap fonts are disabled by default.
To enable them, do

   $ cd /etc/fonts/conf.d/
   $ sudo rm 70-no-bitmaps.conf
   $ sudo ln -s ../conf.avail/70-yes-bitmaps.conf

then run

   $ fc-cache -f

and search for fixed:

   $ fc-list | grep -i fixed

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