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Revisiting urxvt

Back in the day, way back in the day, I was a huge rxvt and aterm fan. Tonight, while being bored, I fired up my old Debian Potato desktop (ahh the good ‘ol days), and started playing around. I have to admit, even though KDE was ancient, and my setup was old, it still looked good. With the PC being an old Pentium 133 with a whopping 64MB of RAM, and no Internet connection, there was no way I was going to play around with trying to get a screen shot. So after some tweaking this is what I got so far:

urxvt screenshot

Not to shabby. I must admit, I like this old look and will keep it for a while and see if it wears thin on me or not.

Interested in a similar effect? Here is my ~/.Xdefaults file:

URxvt.termName: rxvt
URxvt.transparent: true
URxvt.inheritPixmap: false
URxvt.scrollBar: false
URxvt.savelines: 1000
URxvt.urlLauncher: firefox
URxvt.cursorBlink: true
URxvt.geometry: 93x26
URxvt.fading: 25%
urxvt.font: xft:Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:pixelsize=10
urxvt.boldfont: xft:Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:bold:pixelsize=10
urxvt.depth: 32
urxvt.background: rgba:0000/0000/0000/dddd
URxvt.foreground: grey80
URxvt.tintColor: #262626
URxvt.borderLess: true
URxvt.borderColor: #888888
*foreground:     rgba:0000/0000/0000/dddd
*background:     rgb:10/10/10
*color0:         rgb:20/20/20
*color8:         rgb:75/77/73
*color1:         rgb:cc/00/00
*color9:         rgb:ef/29/29
*color2:         rgb:4e/9a/06
*color10:        rgb:8a/e2/34
*color3:         rgb:c4/a0/00
*color11:        rgb:fc/e9/4f
*color4:         rgb:34/65/a4
*color12:        rgb:72/9f/cf
*color5:         rgb:75/50/7b
*color13:        rgb:ad/7f/a8
*color6:         rgb:06/98/9a
*color14:        rgb:34/e2/e2
*color7:         rgb:d3/d7/cf
*color15:        rgb:ee/ee/ec
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  • Kelly Clowers

    How about Mutt and irssi (?) rc files?

  • If you are interested in my mutt rc files and my irssi config stuff, I would be more than happy to place everything up somewhere for people to view.

  • How about your KMenu icon? Is there any place i can visit to get it? ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry oot, just curious he he he…

    This is not oot, does konsole could do like your rxvt did? I like the style, nice.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Shawn

    I am using your code in my .Xdefaults — it seems my resizing and window moving options are gone now.. Any ideas?

  • Shawn: “URxvt.borderLess: true” probably gets rid of your window border, so you can’t resize like that…if you mean that the client menu (one you get when right clicking the title bar) doesn’t let you resize/move then maybe deleting the line “URxvt.geometry: 93×26” might help?

  • jagadeesh


    Now my urxvt terminal looks superb. Thanks for sharing your ~/.Xdefaults.
    Please share Mutt and irssi rc files too.


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