Xft support for GNU Emacs

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Enabling antialiased fonts for Emacs

Installation and setup

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/dejavu first.

user $emacs --font 'DejaVu Sans Mono-12'

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

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


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

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