Fonts look bad in

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at
Wed Sep 12 21:50:03 PDT 2007

Ken Moffat wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 01:10:44PM -0400, Martin McCourt wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have this problem where all my fonts look really small and actually
>> are pretty hard to look at.  See this:
>  Possibly a red herring (and nothing to do with aliasing), but on
> exactly one of my machines it somehow thinks that 75dpi is a
> sensible size for a 20" 1600x1200 display (all the others find,
> and use, 100dpi).  For my own desktop, adding the following to
> ~/.Xresources fixes e.g. the toolbar in icewm, and font size in
> urxvt.
> Xft.dpi: 100
>  Note that doesn't cover all the cases - I use gdm, so that still
> presents the login dialog with a tiny font, but I can live with that
> as long as there is only me using it.

A better solution is to specify the display size in Xorg.conf. This way, 
it will apply to all programs, not only Xft.

Alexander E. Patrakov

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