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. 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
    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. 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. Mar 26, 2013 at 0:49
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    mrxvt*font: 10x20 also works. 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

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