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Glenn Jones
07-13-2007, 03:03 AM
Hi Guys,

So I'm a recent convert to mac from linux and I was wondering if anyone could recomend any good xterm replacements which is quick, configrable and has most importantly has tabbing. I have tried iTerm but it seems slow and isn't x11 native (I think), plus I just don't like it. I've tried and get the gnome terminal through the unstable tree of fink to no avail. Is it worth me continuing this? I have downloaded aterm but I have no idea how to configure it and what the necessary changes to my .Xdefaults file so that it opens rather than the xterm. Also is there tabbing in aterm? or should I persue eterm?

Thanks for the help


07-13-2007, 09:39 AM
Well i use mrxvt and like it a lot.
1. Multi-tab support
2. Run time changeable per-tab titles / backgrounds / colors.
3. Session support for each tab
4. Input broadcasting to all tabs
5. Customizable keyboard shortcuts
6. Translucency and pseudo transparency support
7. JPEG / PNG / XPM background support
8. Off-focus background fading
9. Xft support.
10. Text shadow
11. Menubar / popup menus
12. XIM and multi-language (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) support.
13. Five different scroll bar styles
14. Small and fast.
15. Does not depend on GTK / Qt / Gnome / KDE.
16. Available on multiple platforms.
17. utmp/wtmp/lastlog logging

Glenn Jones
07-17-2007, 02:34 PM
So I finally got gnome-terminal off fink and I've had a play with the other terms but I do prefer gnome. How do I set gnome-terminal as my default when I start x11? Do I need to modify my .Xdefaults file??

Here is a copy of my .Xdefaults

*customization: -color
XTerm*VT100.Translations: #override\
<Key>Prior: scroll-back(1,page)\n\
<Key>Next: scroll-forw(1,page)\n\
<Key>Home: scroll-back(1000,page)
*XTerm*deleteIsDEL: true
xterm*saveLines: 10000
xterm*scrollBar: true
xterm*rightScrollBar: true
xterm*jumpScroll: true
xterm*faceName: Monaco
xterm*faceSize: 11
xterm*visualBell: true
xterm*charClass: 43:48,45-47:48,95:48,127:48



07-17-2007, 07:30 PM
No. .Xdefaults has nothing to do with it.

either change /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc if you want to change it for all users.

Or only for yourself:
copy it (if you dont already have it) to ~/.xinitrc and modify it there.

Glenn Jones
07-18-2007, 02:45 AM

I've had a look at the /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc file and I've seen what needs changing. The things is I only want to change the terminal for myself and I don't have a .xinitrc file in my home directory. Do I need to create one and replace .Xdefaults or can I have both of them there? Also will the .xinitrc file in my home directory be the same as the one in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc???

An example .xinitrc would be much appreciated


07-18-2007, 09:17 AM
Or only for yourself:
copy it (if you dont already have it) to ~/.xinitrc and modify it there.

Copy the one in etc to your home folder and edit it there as was said above.
.xinitrc and .xdefaults are for different things, so you can have both in your home folder.

Glenn Jones
07-21-2007, 05:41 AM
Thanks managed to get it all running.

Just out of curiosity how do you run transparency in aterm?? When I try and run in transparent mode I seem to get some crazy backgrounds resembling thing from the movie aliens???