Coming from xfce4-terminal, one of the things I like the most was the ability to set the line height to give a bit more space/padding between each line.

Here's an example for what I'm referring to


The terminal in the top-right with the blue background is xfce4 with the extra padding, compared to the top-left grey background xterm.

The open dialogue box shows "Cell spacing" height at 1.45, this is where xfce4 allows this setting to be customized.

Is it possible to achieve something similar in xterm?

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Found it! Just had the following to .Xresources

UXTerm*vt100.scaleHeight: 1.45

  • Also via the command line xterm -sh 1.45. But the cursor looks horrible, protruding at the bottom.
    – user313992
    Oct 26, 2020 at 22:17
  • Yeah, you're right about that! It looks awful!
    – Spectator6
    Oct 26, 2020 at 23:02

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