Make your settings in .Xdefaults come true

16 November 2004   1 comment   Linux

Mind that age!

This blog post is 16 years old! Most likely, its content is outdated. Especially if it's technical.

I've been trying to use Xjed recently instead of XEmacs because XEmacs took more than 3 seconds some times to start. If I have to start the editor many times in the day this really matters; and this happens when I use the ExternalEditor for Zope.

Now, to set how big the window should be or how it should look you edit the $HOME/.Xdefaults file. Mine now looks like this:

xjed*Geometry: 90x45+150+50

This means, 90 columns and 45 rows starting in the cartesian corner (150,50). There are loads more settings worth considering.

Now the trick I learned today after googling some mailinglists was how to make these settings stick. Just changing the .Xdefaults file doesn't cut the mustard. No, here's the command:

xrdb -merge $HOME/.Xdefaults

The man page on Xrdb reads:

"Xrdb is used to get or set the contents of the RESOURCE_MANAGER property on the root window of screen 0, or the SCREEN_RESOURCES property on the root window of any or all screens, or every- thing combined."



Thanks peter!
That's been driving me nuts.

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