First step to get Urxvt work is to merge it, so let's do it.
root # emerge -av rxvt-unicode
Most likely, you will want to enable xft use flag so that you can use extra fonts (such as Inconsolata, a pretty good font for terminals). You might also want to enable 256-color use flag to get a larger color range.
It is very likely that when you will launch Urxvt for the first time, you will want to make some customizations so that your terminal doesn't look ugly and fit your tastes. So we will go into it. If it does not exist, create a file
You may be used to handle your terminal configuration in
~/.Xdefaults which is generally autoloaded when you start X. However, this method is deprecated. So you should use
If you use a display manager,
~/.Xresources is probably automatically loaded. If this is not the case, you will have to load it manually in your
~/.xinitrc with the command
xrdb ~/.Xresources. If you want to split your configuration into multiple files, you can also use the
-merge option of
xrdb so that the last called file doesn't override the others.
First thing you might want to do is to change the color scheme. For instance, you may prefer working with white on black:
~/.Xresources- Switch foreground and background
URxvt*background: black URxvt*foreground: white
You can also redefine other colors. For instance, I redefined color0 so that it is close to the background color (to display invisible characters in Vim) and color12 to a more readable color than dark blue on black:
~/.Xresources- Change some colors
URxvt*color0: #353535 URxvt*color12: #6495ed
When editing your colorscheme, it is often useful to reload your
xrdb ~/.Xresources and restart your terminal emulator so that you can note changes.
Maybe the scrollbar on the left annoys you. You can move it to the right or even remove it:
~/.Xresources- Move/Remove the scrollbar
! No scrollbar URxvt*scrollBar: false ! Or scrollbar on the right side URxvt*scrollBar_right: true
When you spend a lot of time on your terminal, it is important to have a lean and readable font. A good font designed for console is 'Inconsolata. If you want to use it, you have to emerge it first.
root # emerge -q media-fonts/inconsolata
Then, if you want to set your terminal font to Inconsolata with a size of 8px, write the following in your
~/.Xresources- Changing font
If you think your the space between letters is too wide (or too nested), you can change it with the
letterSpace: n property, which increases the size of the separation between letter by
n (or decreases if negative).
~/.Xresources- Alter letters spacing