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I have recently installed TeXlive on a new Linux system with install-tl and then I used tlmgr to tweak the installation. However, on my HiDPI screen with resolution 2560x1440 the fonts in tlmgr are almost unreadably small. I know I can use a console/curses based tlmgr, but it would be nice to use the perl/tk app. How can the font be improved on my screen? Is there a version which uses a more modern toolkit than Tk?

  • The command line version is the default and recommended for GNU/Linux systems. It is also more complete than the GUI, as I understand it. (I've never seen the GUI, so I'm just going by the docs I've read.) Which is to say, I'm sure there is nothing based on another toolkit and I doubt there is very likely to be as I suspect this is not exactly a priority on these systems. (Whereas the GUI is more of a priority on Windows, of course, and OS X.) – cfr May 16 '16 at 3:32
  • I asked on the texlive-list if fonts can be enlarged and Norbert answered "Not by now. I will look into it whether I can find a simple way around it till freeze time. (Perl/Tk is not very good in that)". – Ulrike Fischer May 16 '16 at 9:12
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I have adjusted tlmgr/tlmgrgui perl scripts so that standard arguments for font selection will work - this will be included in tomorrow's (20160517) tlpretest for TL2016. With this, a simple

tlmgr --font 'Helvetica 24' gui

will give you a much bigger font than usual.

Hope that helps.

  • That was fast ;-). And even if I don't use the gui very often, I like large fonts. I will test it tomorrow on windows. – Ulrike Fischer May 16 '16 at 14:28
  • Many thanks indeed! I didn't expect a result from a developer so fast! – Alasdair May 17 '16 at 4:44
  • Your welcome. I normally try to fix things, but someone need to point me to the problems, thanks Ulrike! – norbert May 17 '16 at 5:28
  • I tried on windows. Single quotes didn't work (I got an ` unknown action: 24'` message), but double quotes where ok: tlmgr --font "Helvetica 24" gui worked (the effect is quite dramatic on my monitor, 14 is a better value). Only the menu titles remain small. – Ulrike Fischer May 17 '16 at 8:43
  • Hmmmm, interesting. Need to try it on Windows, too. Thanks for the feedback – norbert May 17 '16 at 8:45
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On my Ubuntu 15.10 system, I can influence font choice with global X resources. Line in ~.Xresources, e.g.:

*Font: -*-nimbus sans l-medium-r-normal-*-14-*-*-*-p-*-iso10646-1

The font name matches the one listed in the xfontsel utility. So, this is pretty prehistoric.

Activation of this new/changed line:

xrdb merge ~/.Xresources
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On my Fedora 27 system with TeXLive 2017, which is installed on a MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch best results are achieved with

tlmgr --font 'Helvetica 12' gui

Strange enough without the font declaration you will get the above mentioned behavior.

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