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Switched to st terminal emulator

st, a lightweight terminal emulator

Recently I switched to the st terminal emulator.

st is an alternative for terminal emulators like xterm and rxvt.

st is very lightweight, the size of the binary in my OpenBSD laptop is only 90k.

The great people behind the project have created st. You know, the same team that created, among others, the dwm window manager.

st, the terminus font and ratpoison

I have been using the ratpoison window manager since 2008. It fits very well with my type of usage.

As an example, here follows two lines from my .ratpoisonrc:

exec st -f "-*-terminus-*-*-*-*-*-100-*-*-c-80-*-*"
bind c exec st -f "-*-terminus-*-*-*-*-*-100-*-*-c-80-*-*"

This results in a good readable display, the fixed font is great for writing in vi and vim and wonderful for coding.

Less bloat and just works (tm)

Although st is much lighter, compared to xterm and to rxvt, it functions very well. So, now using st for me has left the "testing" phase and has become my standard terminal emulator.


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