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.Xresources OR .Xdefaults ?

Discussion in 'X.Org' started by Erratus, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Erratus

    Erratus New Member

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    I need to set some defaults for xterm (yes, xterm and I do not want to change).

    In man X(7) can be read
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         XTerm*cursorColor:  gold
               XTerm*multiScroll:  on
               XTerm*jumpScroll:  on
               XTerm*reverseWrap:  on
               XTerm*curses:  on
               XTerm*Font:  6x10
               XTerm*scrollBar: on
               XTerm*scrollbar*thickness: 5
               XTerm*multiClickTime: 500
               XTerm*charClass:  33:48,37:48,45-47:48,64:48
               XTerm*cutNewline: off
               XTerm*cutToBeginningOfLine: off
               XTerm*titeInhibit:  on
               XTerm*ttyModes:  intr ^c erase ^? kill ^u
    
           If  these  resources  were  stored in a file called .Xresources in your
           home directory, they could be added to any existing  resources  in  the
           server with the following command:
    
               % xrdb -merge $HOME/.Xresources
    

    But man XRDB(1) refers to

    Code:
    FILES
           Generalizes ~/.Xdefaults files.

    I tried both in my home directory. Surprisingly neither worked.

    So please help me where to put xterm defaults as shown above and how to enable them.
     
  2. graudeejs

    graudeejs Well-Known Member

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    I use ~/.Xdefaults and it works
    To apply changes to xterm simply open new terminal
     
  3. vermaden

    vermaden Well-Known Member

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    +1 for ~/.Xdefaults
     
  4. itcotbtoemik

    itcotbtoemik New Member

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    Actually, it seems to depend on the window manager (or "desktop environment").
    On the (Debian) system that I'm logged into currently, "man X" talks only about
    the variant ~/.Xdefaults-hostname

    I usually avoid ~/.Xdefaults, using XAPPLRESDIR to add my own app-defaults directory.