Xterm font resizing broken and input problems in xorg-server 1.5.3-7

Alex Epshteyn alexander.epshteyn@gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 19:54:00 GMT 2009

I realized that there are some startup errors I wasn't seeing by using
the windows shortcut.  Here's what starting xterm on the command line
prints out:

xterm -display -ls
Warning: Cannot convert string
"-adobe-helvetica-bold-r-normal--*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*" to type
Warning: Cannot convert string "nil2" to type FontStruct
xterm: cannot load font 10x20

I also realized, after some more Googling, that the fonts packages are
no longer included in the distro the same way as before.  I'm trying
to fix the problem by installing all the font-* packages now.  Will
let you know if that worked.

On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 12:01 PM, Alex Epshteyn
<alexander.epshteyn@gmail.com> wrote:
> I just upgraded my Cygwin distro, and I'm having the following issues
> with x-term:
> 1) cannot input text into any additional xterm window launched by my
> start menu shortcuts.  The only xterm window that works is the default
> one that comes up when I start x-server.
> 2) cannot change the font size in ANY xterm window.  Neither by
> ctrl+rightclick nor the (newly added) menu bar.  Selecting any font
> size from the menu doesn't have any effect.  (Prior to the upgrade I
> had the default font set to Huge but now it comes up with the
> original, small, default font).
> I'm running on Win XP, with xorg-server 1.5.3-7 and xterm 242-1.
> Never had any of these problems before this upgrade (my original
> install was from March '08).  I'm attaching cygcheck.out for more
> details on my system (note: some path variables deleted for privacy
> reasons)
> The only relevant hit I found on Google is this, which it seems,
> describes the same problem (however his solution of appending  -fn
> '*12*' to the command line didn't work for me):
> http://www.nomadjourney.com/2008/12/xterm-font-sizing-problems-in-cygwin/
> Alex

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