For a long time I've dreamed of an "all-Terminus" desktop, but couldn't figure out how to do it. My taste in fonts is so far outside of the mainstream1 that I could not find any even remotely helpful information.

I finally stumbled on the right incantation. I just had to install the following ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf file

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM 'fonts.dtd'>
    <edit name="family" mode="assign" binding="strong">

Basically, the single <match></match> clause in this config should "map" every font to Terminus. Now I get Terminus pretty much everywhere:

enter image description here

I was pretty happy with the results, but the gods clearly viewed my exploit as hubris. They decided it to punish it by having VirtualBox switch most of its text to TeX Gyre Chorus. (At least the gods have a sense of humor.)

enter image description here

Is there something I can add to my fonts.config that will force VirtualBox to use Terminus (or at least revert to its original font)? (Of course, it goes without saying that any solution must not undo the use of Terminus everywhere else.)

1 E.g., I much prefer a crisp (i.e. non-antialiased, non-scaled) bitmapped font to an anti-aliased scaled one. By all the evidence I've seen, this preference is exactly the opposite to everyone else's. And yes, some new ultra-high-resolution displays can make anti-aliased scaled fonts look almost as crisp as a bitmapped font on a lower resolution display, but on Linux "ultra-high-resolution" equals "microscopic text". Until Linux offers good scaling support for ultra-high-resolution displays, this is not an option for me.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.