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xterm font sizing problems in Cygwin/X 1.5.3 | Nomad Journey
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Dec 26 / Nizam Sayeed

xterm font sizing problems in Cygwin/X 1.5.3

I just installed the latest copy of Cygwin/X X Server on my laptop. I fired up xterm and tried to Ctrl-Right Click to change the font size and lo and behold, it didn’t work!

I searched the web for any one having the same issue but did not find anyone else mention it. My solution (and I am not sure if this is the right one or not) was to create a shortcut to xterm and use the following for the command line options:

C:\Cygwin\bin\run.exe -p /usr/X11R6/bin xterm -display 127.0.0.1:0.0 -ls -bg darkblue -fg azure -fn '*12*'

I like to use a dark blue background with a light blue-ish foreground color in my xterm windows. Anyway, the trick is to add the -fn option at the end. I just used any font of size 12.

Restarted xterm and voila, I can now change the font size as usual. Not sure what was wrong with the base set up but this worked for me.