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I have recently switched from gnome-terminal to urxvt, which I like much better. However, I like the way the fonts are rendered in gnome-based applications better. Here is a screenshot comparing urxvt running vim on the left and gvim on the right. Running vim on gnome-terminal also gives the appearence of the right side.

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Urxvt seems to have a more "antialiased" look, but I think it's a bit too much. The Gnome version gives a better contrast, which is nicer for my eyes.

Would appreciate any help. Thanks!

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Do you have any Xresource settings? Like URxvt.font: xft:Monospace:size=8 and Xft.antialias: true – ahilsend Jul 26 '13 at 13:18
I have URxvt.font: xft:Andale Mono-9:antialias=false:autohint=false. The antialias does not change anything, and it is also not the issue, since I already tried disbaling it in /etc/fonts/config.d. Without antialias it's very ugly, simply unusable. – Caetano Sauer Jul 26 '13 at 14:38
Yes, but the font size does look different. Try changing it to the same one gvim/gnome uses? – ahilsend Jul 26 '13 at 18:07
They are both Andale Mono 9. I think it lloks bigger because it is rendered differently, with more space between the letters – Caetano Sauer Jul 27 '13 at 12:28
From searching around it looks like we're the only ones that want to achieve this. The closest thing I found relevant to this goal is this SO post which may point to an inherently different font rendering mechanism, since I think urxvt also uses libxft. I managed to get the fonts as close as possible but urxvt was still blurring the fonts too much, which was definitely noticeable in characters such as asterisks. – Jorge Israel Peña Jan 21 '14 at 2:18

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