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Description of problem:
rxvt-2.7.8-3 shipped with RHL 7.3 ignores X resources specified in .Xdefaults
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Add or change an XTerm or Rxvt resource in .Xdefaults
2.xrdb -merge to pull in the change, or restart X (just in case)
Actual Results: rxvt stays with default colors, fonts, etc.
Specifying them on the command line works fine.
Expected Results: one should be able to customize the terminal's appearance.
Using rxvt-2.7.6-4 from RHL 7.2 works fine in this respect.
At one point, someone disabled rxvt's getting of .Xdefaults in the spec file.
However, that is not the case this time: --enable-xgetdefault is right in there.
Recompiling shows that the proper #ifdef is being set in the code, but for
whatever reason the resource grabbing is just broken. Haven't run the code
under a debugger yet to follow what might be going wrong.
Works for me with rxvt.
[But it's something else with xterm. Since xrdb -merge doesn't overwrite
existing resource properties, it is not possible with -merge to overwrite defaults.]
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 61597 ***
Added to .Xresources:
$ xrdb -merge .Xresources
Hmm. Doesn't work for me on two seperate machines. Both machines upgraded from
7.2 rather than a fresh install and using Windowmaker for a desktop, though.
Tried .Xresources rather than .Xdefaults, emptied the files, put in just your
two lines, tried xrdb, xrdb -merge, and restarting X. No go.
rxvt-2.7.6-4.i386 works perfectly. Go figure. Bigger version numbers aren't
always better I guess. Furthermore, all other X resources I set for other
programs are honored.
(sorry I missed the duplicate bug - my guess is a search on bugs in the Red Hat
Linux product might not catch ones in the beta product?)
I don't see why this is a duplicate of bug #61597. This one is about "xrdb
-merge .Xdefaults" failing (which I cannot reproduce). The other report is about
rxvt not reading .Xdefaults itself.
What do you get when you ran "xrdb -query | grep -i rxvt" before and after you
merge in your properties?