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GAIM Font Size and the Default ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file

Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 2:41 am
by trecenters
How do I change the font Gaim uses?

The font preference in Gaim is used only for the formatting of outgoing messages. The display fonts used by the rest of Gaim are those specified by GTK. To change this font you need to edit your ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file.


Can anyone tell me the full directory name for the Default "gtkrc" file so I can change the display font size on GAIM for my own prefrence?

Also a C&P of what exactly to edit would be great if possible.

The TV is harder to read then a computer screen and I dont wanna send a message to people and make them think im blind and also have to ask them to turn up the font size on my account.

Thanks! :?

Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:00 am
by nobspangle
the ~ sign in a path is used to represent the user home directory. For most users this is /home/username for root it is usually /root
e.g. for gentoox it is

files that start with a . are considered hidden on unix systems you will not see them unless you do ls -a but your can edit the file by typing
nano ~/.gtkrc-2.0

Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:15 pm
by trecenters
ok thanks

I stay logged in as root so im guessing the path is


Can you tell me where the command prompt is?

I cant seem to find a way to edit the file. I would say any NOOB to linux such as myself would apreciate an understandable way to fix the GAIM problem. I'm really trying to learn linux now that I found a use for it. any help would be apreciated. Thanks!

cant seem to find it?

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:08 pm
by trecenters
I cant seem to find the right file to edit keeps saying no file or directory...

could it be in /usr/share/themes ?

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 8:20 am
by nobspangle
if you are logged in as root the path will be

but like I said above you can edit the file by typing
nano ~/.gtkrc-2.0

gentoox will automatically replace the ~ with the home directory of the current user.

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 12:34 am
by trecenters
It toatally isn't working for me.

I tryed logging in as both genttox and root.

Then used Konsole to do the commands.

Every path I tryed the file under it would come up empty.

If anyone has Gentoox installed can you please help me find this file to edit it? :?:

Please check it out yourself before you tell me where because I have looked every where I can think of. I been stuck on this for like a week now and its driven me crazy. LOL

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:03 pm
by nobspangle
as I have said twice, the file you are looking for is ~/.gtkrc-2.0 to edit it you type
nano ~/.gtkrc-2.0
if this opens a blank page, that means the file doesn't exist. Here is a sample one, just copy and paste it into your empty document and then edit it for your needs.