[openbox] using openbox with HiDPi display

Jim Rees jim at rees.org
Wed Oct 24 07:45:47 EDT 2018

Ranjan Maitra wrote:

  (add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(font . FONT ))
  (set-face-attribute 'default t :font FONT )

I believe that will set the font, but not its size. It's approximately
equivalent to the elisp I suggested but without the height attribute. But it
applies this to the default frame, which is probably what you want.

  Emacs.default.attributeHeight: 94

That will probably work too, if you don't want to do this in your .emacs.

However, this all assumes that you can apply a height attribute to a bitmap
font and have it get scaled. I don't know if this is possible.

  So, I was not sure what to put in with the FONT?

It's been so many years since I used bitmap fonts that I no longer remember
the details of how they are named. The long name is something like


This was my default font back in the day. Fonts can have nicknames
too. These go in a file called fonts.alias. There should be a system one
somewhere and you can also have your own.

You can set the default font for all your X applications by using an X
resource like this:

  *font: -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-*-*-*-c-*-iso10646-1

Thanks for the trip down memory lane but I think that's about everything I
remember about the old-fashioned bitmap fonts.

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