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Re: rxvt in native mode, widely spaced characters [Was: Re: why "Sorry, your message has been denied due to keywords found in your subject"?]
Charles Wilson wrote:
Daniel Barclay wrote:
However, I suggest rather than blindly re-installing/un-installing
packages at random
Hey, I wasn't randomly installing and uninstalling packages. My setup was
seemingly working fine until I installed some unrelated package (Ruby) and then
rxvt changed behavior. Something in the overall installation (running CygWin.exe)
broke my rxvt setup. That sounds like something is wrong in selected-package
management in CygWin.exe (most likely its user interface (i.e., not making it
clear what is happening)). [Now that I see your hyphothesis below: Okay,
it's probably not the type of UI problem I thought (unclear package selection
implications), but now I wonder if it displays post-install script messages.]
, you instead read the documentation.
Where's the documentation on CygWin.exe and things such as whether it remembers
previous selections (no, right?), and how to add a package without touching
anything else (except also installing what it depends on, of course).
Just now, I tried installing the ruby package, and as soon as I
it started in messed-up form--widely spaced characters, in yellow, on
blue background--rather than the way it started immediately
spaced characters, in black, on a white background.
"before" == default when rxvt can't find, and is not explicitly given,
any configuration information at all.
> "after" == rxvt found the default system app-defaults file
> (/etc/X11/app-defaults/Rxvt) but you do not have the fonts that it
Does that color change give any hints regarding what's happening (what
unrelated thing got modified when I re-ran cygwin.exe to install Ruby)?
My guess is that rxvt's own postinstall script, which is supposed to
copy /etc/defaults/etc/X11/app-defaults/Rxvt into the actual
/etc/X11/app-defaults/ directory failed the first time you ran setup.
Then second time you ran setup, it tried again to run all the
post-install scripts that had not yet succeeded. This second time, it
worked, and you are now the proud owner of an /etc/X11/app-defaults/Rxvt
file, which rxvt.exe now finds.
Ah, okay, that sounds like a good theory. I'll see if I can confirm that
that's what's happening.
Change the two lines that start with Rxvt*font and Rxvt*boldfont in
/etc/X11/app-defaults/Rxvt with the following ...
Is there a non-X11 command to list names of and show samples of the available
fonts? (Or do I need to run X11 to do that?)
Thanks for cutting through the confusion caused by the other misleading answers
I got--and especially for explaining the core of what is or might be happening,
rather that just saying to install fonts.
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