microscopic fonts in TL guis

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at bitmuis.nl
Thu Apr 23 12:46:31 CEST 2020

On Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 11:31:36AM -0300, Jim Diamond via tex-live wrote:
> On Wed, Apr  8, 2020 at 16:20 (+0200), Zdenek Wagner wrote:
> > Hi,
> > my experience with SW written in ParlTk is that it (at least on my
> > computers) often starts with such tiny fonts. I am not an expert but
> > it helps if I use this command-line option:
> > -font 'Helvetica,24'
> > I tried different numbers and 24 looks well on my computer, you shoud
> > experiment with it. And this is not related to tlmgr --gui, this was
> > an experiment with a PerlTk program written by me. Maybe someone comes
> > with a better method.
> Thanks Zdenek, that does the trick with tlmgr.  And *now* I see that
> option on page 28 of the tlmgr doc (mea culpa).
> I had looked at "texdoc tlshell" and "texdoc tlcockpit" and neither
> give any enlightenment about fonts.  Obviously I gave up too quickly.
> This solution doesn't work for tlshell or tlcockpit.  Norbert and
> Siep: any similar option(s) there?  If so, what do you think about adding
> them to the texdoc info?

As I wrote to the tex-live list, font size in tlshell is now
scalable via the options menu.

Additionally: I just found out that Tcl/Tk responds to the value of
Xft.dpi in ~/.Xresources, at least on myi ubuntu 18.04 system, which
has only a window manager (fvwm), and no desktop.

Siep Kroonenberg

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