echo $TERM replies xterm-256color and my .Xresources file looks like this:

*dpi: 165                                                       
Xft.antialias: true
Xft.hinting: true
Xft.rgba: rgb
Xft.autohint: false
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault
XTerm*renderFont: true
XTerm*faceName: Liberation Mono 
XTerm*faceSize: 12
*background: rgb:00/00/00
*foreground: rgb:ff/ff/ff
*color0:     rgb:00/00/00
*color1:     rgb:d3/62/65
*color2:     rgb:ae/ce/91
*color3:     rgb:e7/e1/8c
*color4:     rgb:7a/7a/b0
*color5:     rgb:96/3c/59
*color6:     rgb:41/81/79
*color7:     rgb:be/be/be
*color8:     rgb:66/66/66
*color9:     rgb:ef/81/71
*color10:    rgb:e5/f7/79
*color11:    rgb:ff/f7/96
*color12:    rgb:41/86/be
*color13:    rgb:ef/9e/be
*color14:    rgb:71/be/be
*color15:    rgb:ff/ff/ff

While *dpi for example is recognize by Firefox and other applications and the color configurations do work (background is black, foreground white, ...), the font settings do not work.

Special characters like ~ look weird and font face & size do not get recognized. The font looks a bit like the default system tty's.

However, when I manually change the settings, the freshly opened terminal recognizes font face & size settings:

xterm -fa VeraMono -fs 12

Additionally, this new terminal also recognizes the *dpi: 165 setting: fontSize 12 looks big.

Any ideas?

  • is it displaying the correct font ? a few suggestions: try removing the xterm parts. try adding a *boldfont: part. try adding a *font: part. try using a font name that doesn't have a space ? – infinite-etcetera Jan 15 '17 at 18:00
  • It was the terminal itself. Somehow the default terminal of i3 just ignores antialias and other settings that make special characters look weird. I altered the i3 config to always launch urxvt (instead of the default setting) and this terminal emulator does accept/apply all settings correctly. – daniel451 Jan 23 '17 at 13:18

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