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First, X resource settings are overridden by $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/fontconfig/fonts.conf - use one or the other to minimize confusion. See 1. I'll assume for the remainder of this answer that you're using X resources. Next, fontconfig supports several hinting styles - try hintnone, hintmeduim or hintfull if you don't like hintslight. See 2. Finally, make sure ...
If URxvt.skipBuiltinGlyphs is set to true in ~/.Xresources, try setting it to false. Fixed it for me.
If you need all fonts available on Linux Mint/Debian (which are many: http://fonts.debian.net), you can use: sudo apt-get install ^fonts-*
This is a nice question, but there are many ways to get to a possible solution (and I don't know all of them). First of all, the exact wording you're looking for is kerning which is the adjustement of the space between characters in a font. It may be that this is application specific, and you'll only see a too close kerning between these characters in that ...
If you give the command fc-list -v it should list for every font the charset property which is a bitmask of which character codes exist in the font. For example, for a simple font like fc-list -v 'Courier 10 Pitch' it has lines: charset: 0000: 00000000 ffffffff ffffffff 7fffffff 00000000 ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff 0001: 00000000 00020000 000c0006 ...
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