aterm

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aterm (Afterstep XVT) is a discontinued VT102 terminal emulator for the X Window System. It was based on the smooth rxvt terminal emulator 2.4.8 (in 1999). It supports color (VT100) and basic "pseudo-transparency". aterm has not been updated since 2007. While it still works it's not very modern and it lacks features like tabs.

aterm
aterm with `top` process running.
Developed byAfterStep project
Latest release1.0.1 / August 1, 2007
OSAfterStep, X Window System
TypeTerminal emulator
LicenseGNU General Public License
Websitehttp://www.afterstep.org/aterm.php

Configuration[edit | edit source]

Aterm is configured in ~/.Xresources (you should not use ~/.Xdefaults on modern systems). You can use both the XTerm and Aterm keys to configure it, both work, so you can automatically use your beautiful XTerm configuration if you have one.

You have to merge in your new configuration after you changed your Xresources:

xrdb -merge $HOME/.Xresources

Your distributions login scripts should load it automatically upon login.

Example configurations[edit | edit source]

aterm*loginShell:true
aterm*font:-xos4-terminus-medium-r-normal--20-200-72-72-c-100-iso8859-1
aterm*transparent:true
aterm*shading:70
aterm*background:Black
aterm*foreground:white
aterm*scrollBar:true
aterm*scrollBar_right:true
aterm*transpscrollbar:true
aterm*saveLines:12800
aterm*color12:lightpink

or

XTerm.loginShell:true
XTerm.transparent:true
XTerm.background:white
XTerm.foreground:blue
XTerm.FontName:-xos4-terminus-medium-r-normal--20-200-72-72-c-100-iso8859-1
XTerm.scrollBar:true
XTerm.scrollBar_right:true
XTerm.transpscrollbar:true
XTerm.saveLines:12800
XTerm.color12:lightpink

See the aterm manual page for all the available configuration options.

Starting aterm with different configurations[edit | edit source]

You can also configure aterm when you start it, such as aterm -bg white -fg black or

alias baterm='aterm  -fn *-*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-*-140-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1'
alias bbterm='aterm  -fn -adobe-courier-medium-r-normal--18-180-75-75-m-110-iso8859-1'
alias haterm='aterm  -fn -adobe-courier-medium-r-normal--25-180-100-100-m-150-iso8859-1'
alias katerm='aterm  -fn lucidasanstypewriter-14'
alias laterm='aterm  -fn "-b&h-lucidatypewriter-medium-r-normal-sans-10-100-75-75-m-60-iso8859-10"'
alias naterm='aterm  -fn "-lfp-gamow-medium-r-normal--9-90-75-75-c-90-iso8859-1"'
alias saterm='aterm  -fn -adobe-courier-medium-r-normal--8-80-75-75-m-50-iso8859-1'

(huge font aliasas are good when you need to show other people how to do stuff)

Links[edit | edit source]

X Terminal emulators: xterm | konsole
Discontinued: aterm | rxvt | mrxvt