I really like look of the 'misc' font family on my laptop.

I use the biggest one available: Misc-Fixed-Medium-R-Normal--20-200-75-75-C-100-ISO10646-1.

However, my desktop PC has an UHD display and this font is totally unreadable. Are there any fixed-style fonts that are approximately 1.5 times larger than that one, or is there a viable way to resize them?

Please don't recommend Terminus as I don't want to use that font.

Thanks in advance.

  • Which distro? In my Ubuntu, I can select hundreds of fonts and only in rare cases can it happen that none fulfills what I want.
    – peterh
    Aug 18, 2017 at 9:31
  • I'm using Deban. I want to use fixed fonts cause they look the best for me. However the biggest misc font size is 10x20 which is too small for me.
    – whatever15
    Aug 18, 2017 at 9:54
  • There are monospaced fonts from rpm dejavu-sans-mono-fonts or presumably package fonts-dejavu-core which allow you to do e.g. xterm -fa 'mono:normal:size=60' for huge fonts.
    – meuh
    Aug 18, 2017 at 14:48
  • Here is a description how to resize a cursor font with bdfresize; you can do the same for misc-fixed. If it works, write the steps as an answer, and accept it.
    – dirkt
    Aug 21, 2017 at 6:44
  • Yes, that worked, but is there any version of bdfedit that can scale by float value (e.g. 1.5)? 2 is too big and smaller fonts looks bad. I will write steps soon.
    – whatever15
    Aug 21, 2017 at 11:58

2 Answers 2


I have Ubuntu 16.04. I ran "xlsfonts" and tried some of the fonts whose name ends with "24". I found a font named "b24", a fixed-width font that looks very good in xterm.

It is a pity that there is no decent documentation of what each font means, so I had to use trial and error...


Offhand (looking at the results from xlsfonts on my local machine), the adobe-courier has some larger fonts, though some people dislike its appearance:


You could also use the "unscaled" tweak in your font configuration, with the caveat that scaled bitmap fonts don't look as good as the originals.

Further reading:

  • Fonts in X11R7.5, which mentions :unscaled (not much detail, but documentation is not a forte of Xorg...)
  • Thanks, however i'm fairly new to Linux and can't figure out how to make it working? Isn't there any way/tool to just scale font bitmaps?
    – whatever15
    Aug 18, 2017 at 11:13
  • @whatever15 bitmaps, by definition, can't nicely be scaled. It's why outline fonts were created. (Yes, I know this is six years old.)
    – RonJohn
    Apr 5 at 8:24

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