There is no specific
.Xresources to examine, so only general advice is possible.
.Xresources file is usually loaded by
xrdb (a prop for desktop settings). You can test this file by simply loading directly with
xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources
if you do not care for the desktop-designer's choices.
If there is some conflicting resource definition, the more specific one is used. For instance, if you had
and some desktop feature loads
you would get a gray background because the
. is more specific than
You can see what
If there is a resource needed by the application which is not set in the root window using
xrdb, that resource is loaded according to the usual X resource rules (e.g., the system app-defaults files as well as your own
If you are not running in a desktop environment that automatically runs
xrdb, much of the advice regarding
xrdb is probably not useful.