Important: You are required to change your passwords used for Gentoo services and set an email address for your Wiki account if you haven't done so. See the full announcement and Wiki email policy change for more information.

Xft support for GNU Emacs

From Gentoo Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Enabling antialiased fonts for Emacs

Installation and setup

Note
Font anti-aliasing using the Xft library and FreeType fonts is available with Emacs 23 or later.

First, set the appropriate USE flags – you must have the xft flag.

root # echo "app-editors/emacs xft" >> /etc/portage/package.use

Now it's time to install Emacs:

root # emerge --ask app-editors/emacs

You can now use XFT fonts in emacs; try emerging media-fonts/ttf-bitstream-vera first.

user $ emacs --font 'Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-12'

If you're happy with this as your default font, set it in your ~/.Xresources:

user $ echo "Emacs.font: Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-12" >> ~/.Xresources
user $
xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources

Resources

For more details on Emacs with XFT pretty fonts, see:

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the following authors and editors for their contributions to this guide:

  • Thomas Nichols