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I believe I have Fedora 19 and I need to be able to change xterm font, color, and size on the Putty command line like this:

bash-4.2$ xterm -geometry 132x80 -fn lucidasanstypewriter-8 -rv &
[2] 9516
-bash-4.2$ xterm: cannot load font 'lucidasanstypewriter-8'
xterm: cannot load font 'lucidasanstypewriter-8'



But, see it can not find the font "lucidasastypewirter", while xterm pop up with some
default font.  I looked online seemed to know what should be done, from here

http://www.xfree86.org/current/fonts2.html  for example

, but where to get the bitmap font files, such as courier12.pdf?  When I enter xlsfonts
I get:

-bash-4.2$ xlsfonts
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-100-100-100-c-60-iso8859-1
-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1
6x13
cursor
fixed

And choosing one of above seemed no effect in the xterm rendered.  I don't really have to have a particular font, however I need have whole bunch of selection like I used to be able to do with other version of Linux package.  Am I missing anything?  Please offer suggestions;  Giving full commands solutions is high appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Please try this command, and let me know if the output on your system looks different to mine:

[xterm@foo ~]$ [b]fc-list | grep -i lucida[/b]
LucidaTypewriter:style=Sans Bold
LucidaTypewriter:style=Sans

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On my Fedora system, this font is part of the Sun JDK in /usr/java/jdk1.x.x_xx/jre/lib/fonts/ directory.
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Oh, once you have fc-list showing that you have that font ready for use, launch it with this command:

xterm -geometry 132x80 -fa "LucidaTypewriter" -rv
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Sage, this works! I just used the above, without really understand how the font system on Fedora is structured. Well, this is all I need for now.  I also notice something, the  foreground (-fg) and background (-bg) color options actually reversed,
For example



-bash-4.2$ xterm -geometry 132x80 -fa "LucidaTypewriter" -rv -bg green -fg black &

With the above command you will see green text on a black background, is this an error on Fefora?
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But the  fc-list | grep -i Lucida  yield nothing, although I did seem lots of fonts print out when "fc-list" was entered alone.

And what is more, I found that the "-fa" option has no effect what's ever, this

 xterm -geometry 132x80 -fa "AnyJunk" -rv -bg green -fg black &

will pop up the same xterm with a default font, which has minimum quality.

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Yes, if it doesn't recognize the font supplied, it will launch the default one.  And that foreground/background reversal stuff I don't think is limited to Fedora - I've seen it act weird on multiple distributions and indeed using your exact command above on my Ubuntu box, I get the green text and black background.
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Thanks
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sure!
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