linux - setting monospaced font on Emacs?

  • user46976

    I used to use liberation mono font on emacs (on X11) on an Ubuntu system using the following command and it worked great:

      '(default ((t (:inherit nil :stipple nil :background "lightgrey" :foreground "gray20" :inverse-video nil :box nil :strike-through nil :overline nil :underline nil :slant normal :width normal :height 120 :family "liberation mono"))))
      '(background "blue")
      '(font-lock-builtin-face ((((class color) (background dark)) (:foreground "Turquoise"))))
      '(font-lock-comment-face ((t (:foreground "darkred"))))
      '(font-lock-constant-face ((((class color) (background dark)) (:bold t :foreground "DarkOrchid"))))
      '(font-lock-doc-string-face ((t (:foreground "lightblue"))))
      '(font-lock-function-name-face ((t (:foreground "blue"))))
      '(font-lock-keyword-face ((t (:bold t :foreground "steelblue"))))
    ;  '(font-lock-keyword-face ((t (:bold t :foreground "CornflowerBlue"))))
      '(font-lock-preprocessor-face ((t (:italic nil :foreground "CornFlowerBlue"))))
      '(font-lock-reference-face ((t (:foreground "DodgerBlue"))))
      '(font-lock-string-face ((t (:foreground "Aquamarine4")))))

    It looked like this:

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    Our system admin upgraded to a new release of Ubuntu and now the font looks completely different in emacs. It doesn't look anti-aliased anymore, appears "less bold" and looks like this:

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    I'm trying to get it to look like it did before. Basically I want a font appearance that looks as close as possible to the Monaco fixed width font on Mac OS X, which on my terminal looks like this:

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    How can this be done? Ideas? Cannot figure it out. thanks.

  • Answers
  • terdon

    You could always use the monaco font:

    1. Create a new fonts directory

      sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/mine
    2. Get Monaco.ttf

      sudo wget -O /usr/share/fonts/truetype/mine/MONACO.TTF
    3. Update your font cache

      fc-cache -f -v   
    4. Tell emacs to use the Monaco font. Add this line to your ~/.emacs:

      (set-default-font "monaco")

      Personally, I prefer it a little smaller than it appears with the default setting above, so I use

      (set-default-font "-apple-Monaco-normal-normal-normal-*-14-*-*-*-*-0-iso10646-1")
  • qmega

    You could try using the lower-level set-frame-font.

    (set-frame-font "Liberation Mono-14:antialias=1")

    Change the 14 to whatever size you want. The antialias option should be self-explanatory; 1 for on, 0 for off.

    You could also use things like Liberation Mono-bold-14:antialias=1 for bold text (or Liberation Mono-14:weight=bold:antialias=1.

    If your height of 120 (in your original config) is important, add :height=120.

    More detailed info in the official manual, although it looks like it doesn't list all the options.

  • Drew

    It's been over six months since you posted your question. It's not clear that you found the answer.

    See this page on Emacs Wiki: SetFonts. It has everything you need to know about displaying installed fonts to choose from and choosing one for Emacs.

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    Have you installed Xming-fonts package and read Xming fonts page?

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