How to run rxvt

Andrew DeFaria
Sat Sep 23 02:50:00 GMT 2006

Williams, Gerald S (Jerry) wrote:
> Fabrizio Salvatore wrote:
>> C:\cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -fn 7x14 -g 120x24 -si -sk -sb -sl 1000 -fg 
>> black -bg white -T "cygwin terminal Window" -e /usr/bin/tcsh -l
> In case you didn't know, if you some settings most of the time, you 
> can specify them in ~/.Xdefaults (even if you're not running X). For 
> example, "-sl 1000" becomes "Rxvt.saveLines: 1000".
Indeed! It never ceases to amaze me how people construct elaborate 
command lines with all of these settings when they can much more easily, 
and in a much more organized fashion, compose .Xdefaults utilizing 
"classes" and passing them in as -name parameters. For example, I have 
the following ~/.Xdefaults file:

    ! Rxvt defaults

    ! Global
    *font:                          "Lucida Console-*-16"
    *font1:                         "Lucida Console-*-18"
    *font2:                         "Lucida Console-*-20"
    *saveLines:                     500
    *termName:                      cygwin
    *scrollBar_right:               True
    *geometry:                      80x24
    *loginShell:                    True

    ! Default
    Rxvt.background:                SteelBlue
    Rxvt.foreground:                White
    Rxvt.colorBD:                   Blue
    Rxvt.colorUL:                   Red
    Rxvt.cursorColor:               Yellow

    ! New server
    Jupiter.background:             MidNightBlue
    Jupiter.foreground:             White
    Jupiter.colorBD:                Yellow
    Jupiter.colorUL:                Green
    Jupiter.cursorColor:            Yellow

    ! Danni's desktop
    Starbase.background:            MediumVioletRed
    Starbase.foreground:            White
    Starbase.colorBD:               Yellow
    Starbase.colorUL:               Red
    Starbase.cursorColor:           Yellow

    ! Hewlett Packard
    Tiburon.background:             Black
    Tiburon.foreground:             Magenta
    Tiburon.colorBD:                Yellow
    Tiburon.colorUL:                Red
    Tiburon.cursorColor:            Yellow

    Pacifica.background:            ForestGreen
    Pacifica.foreground:            White
    Pacifica.colorBD:               Yellow
    Pacifica.colorUL:               Red
    Pacifica.cursorColor:           Yellow

    plebld01.background:            Black
    plebld01.foreground:            Yellow
    plebld01.colorBD:               Yellow
    plebld01.colorUL:               Red
    plebld01.cursorColor:           Yellow

    ccase-sj1-4.background:         Black
    ccase-sj1-4.foreground:         Green
    ccase-sj1-4.colorBD:            Green
    ccase-sj1-4.colorUL:            Red
    ccase-sj1-4.cursorColor:        Yellow

    Homer.background:               Black
    Homer.foreground:               Green
    Homer.colorBD:                  Yellow
    Homer.colorUL:                  Red
    Homer.cursorColor:              Yellow

Then I can do rxvt -name Homer and get Homer's settings....


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