xrdb prints anything that you have configured, but how do you print the values for the settings which you have not touched? Either generally for X resources or specifically for urxvt. The colour scheme, that is, color0 onwards, can be found in an obscure manual. Trawling around to find all the defaults is going to be tedious and error prone, since documentation could always be out of date.

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The app-defaults file has that information, e.g., (depends on system) /etc/X11/app-defaults/URxvt

The appres command would also show this, e.g.,

appres URxvt

but there are compiled-in default values, for which only the manual is helpful.

The classname URxvt is pertinent, since you asked for the default (and that's what is usually meant in that case). The instance name urxvt also can be used.

  • appres URxvt only shows the things I've configured through .Xresources, so that isn't useful. And sudo find /etc/ -iname '*URxvt*' finds nothing.
    – l0b0
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 18:36
  • app-defaults might be under /usr/lib (but the package manager should be able to list the contents of that package, and be more certain). Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 22:40
  • pacman --query --list rxvt-unicode | grep -i default shows nothing, so I'm not sure what to look for.
    – l0b0
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 4:02

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