The Ctrl+= hotkey increases the font size for the current session in mrxvt. What configuration option will increase the font size permanently?

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If you are refering to the font size in the terminal in general, add these lines to your ~/.Xdefaults file:

mrxvt*fontName: DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=13
mrxvt*faceName: DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=13
mrxvt*font: xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=13

Replace my font example (DejaVu Sans Mono) with your desired font and size.

Keep in mind that you can use * to define the font in all terminals (VT ones like aterm, *rxvt, xterm, etc.) with code like this:

*fontName: DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=13
*faceName: DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=13
*font: xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=13

Personally I use the second method, but you can define different fonts in different terminals if you like.

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    Currently doesn't seem to be working on my box. I'll debug and accept the answer in a few days. Thanks, djura-san. Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 8:00
  • @Pedro :: did you tried to see if there are any changes in Xterm with this? There should be some changes or maybe desired font is not available?
    – user2648
    Commented Dec 21, 2010 at 10:14
  • : Thank you for your reply. It does work for Xterm with the second method. mrxvt stays the same. I'll further debug this in another few days. Commented Dec 23, 2010 at 0:50
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    This did the trick in ~/.Xresources :: mrxvt*font: -misc-fixed-medium-r-normal--20-200-75-75-c-100-iso8859-15 :: Thanks user2648, sorry I only got to this 27 months later, I lost the setup that had mrxvt in the meantime. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 0:49
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    mrxvt*font: 10x20 also works. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 0:57

Since version 0.3.9 mrxvt reads information about resources from ~/.mrxvtrc. Try putting your favorite font in ~/.mrxvtrc

Mrxvt.xft:              1
Mrxvt.xftAntialias:     1
Mrxvt.xftFont:          DejaVu Sans Mono
Mrxvt.xftSize:          13
  • Note: This works on Ubuntu 18.10 Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 13:30

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