How to use TrueType Fonts in xterm or uxterm

See how to use ttf fonts in xterm in the NetBSD tutorial.

To get TrueType fonts by default in uxterm or xterm I added the following lines in .Xdefaults:

XTerm*faceName: Bitstream Vera Serif Mono
XTerm*faceSize: 14
UXTerm*faceName: Bitstream Vera Serif Mono
UXTerm*faceSize: 14

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A Praise for IceWM

Since more than ten years I use IceWM, a clean and compact window manager for X. I can only recommend it.

IceWM in its own words: The goal of IceWM is speed, simplicity, and not getting in the user’s way.

These goals are nicely met.

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Dead Keys and Compose Key

My mother uses Xubuntu, i.e., she uses Xfce. She uses a German keyboard, but wants to write e-mails with spanish accents, i.e., she needs dead keys. At first I tried to solve the problem with a change in xorg.conf, which did not work. Some Google search revealed that a couple of people had the same problem and proposed various hints for a solution. The easiest solution is, in effect, very simple: Just comment out




If one does not want to change the key settings permanently one can define a compose key, e.g., the left Windows keys, to construct spanish or french accented characters with multiple key strokes, see Xfce forum: How to set XFCE4 compose key?.

    setxkbmap -option compose:lwin

This can be put into


See Linux Compose Key Sequences for a list of compose key sequences.