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Your requirement

You use xterm as a terminal emulation. This provides a menu for selecting fonts by pressing [Ctrl]-[right mouse button]. You want to change this menu and store your own fonts.

The Procedure

The configuration of xterm is done either in ~/.Xdefaults, or system-wide in /usr/X11/lib/X11/app-defaults/XTerm. The following lines create a separate font menu. The number of entries is set to 7.

~/.Xdefaults:*fontMenu.Label:                Schritfart

*fontMenu*fontdefault*Label:    Standard
*VT100*font:            -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed-*-13-120-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1
*VT100*wideFont:        -misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-*-13-120-75-75-c-120-iso10646-1

*fontMenu*font1*Label:  Fitzelig
*VT100*font1:           -misc-nil-medium-r-*-*-2-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

*fontMenu*font2*Label:  Mittel
*VT100*font2:           -misc-fixed-medium-r-*-*-12-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

*fontMenu*font3*Label:  15'er
*VT100*font3:           -misc-fixed-medium-r-*-*-15-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

*fontMenu*font4*Label:  20'er
*VT100*font4:           -misc-fixed-medium-r-*-*-20-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

*fontMenu*font5*Label:  24'er
*VT100*font5:           -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-24-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

*fontMenu*font6*Label:  40'er
*VT100*font6:           -etl-fixed-medium-r-*-*-40-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

What are my fonts called?

To find out which X11 fonts are available, you can use the xfontsel program. Click on a font together, then click on the Select button. The font’s name is now saved on the X11 clipboard. You can then insert the font into a text editor with the middle mouse button.

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