I installed rxvt-unicode (exec: urxvt) as fun and games and novelty to my new Crux 3.1 (Crux home, my Crux install blah: 3.0 -1, 2, 3 and 3.1) and Slackware 14.1 (and my blah). The outcome was dramatically different in those distros.
But first, what it is this urxvt?
In essence, a terminal born from xrvt, with unicode support. And do a simple search 'rxvt+unicode'. At least two pagefuls give extremely relevant tutorials and stuff. Go.
But, just to mention:
- its' conf is in .Xdefaults (or in .Xresources if going more modern)
- it has transparency in two ways. And colors up to 256.
- it's UTF-8, of course,
- tabs and perl-extensions are configurable, among other things.
- It had lag at bottom of terminal (new-line) in both Crux and Slackware. It didn't wrap lines at all in Slackware.
Only problem: new line at the edge of terminal bottom - a lag of 1-2 seconds.
What I have: Nvidia binary driver 331.xx and compiled comtpon-master 20140729.
Problem was solved with remade compton start-line in Openbox autostart:
compton --backend glx --vsync opengl-swc --glx-no-rebind --glx-no-stencil --glx-swap-method 3 --unredir-if-possible --paint-on-overlay --shadow-exclude "! name~=''" --config ~/.compton.conf &
Magical part here is '--glx-swap-method 3'. Other is fluff what I think makes my screen look better. There is also option '--backend xr_glx_hybrid' - BUT, that gave me horrible desktop flickering.
# Slackware (and Salix), Nvidia 319.xx and the same Compton as in Crux
Additionally to lag, there was no line-wrap at all (commmand doesn't brake to next line, but acguires '>' and continues from last char...And then also kinda copies whole text to line above of last command. Very bloody confusing and obviously very wrong.
- Compton conf didn't do a thing,
- Compiling everything with Crux defs - no result,
- Copying other terminal-related confs from Crux - no result.
- Means, nothing I tried worked.
So, in Slackware, I ended up installing xfce4-terminal (deps: libxfcegui4, libxfce4util), and - lag disappeared just like that.
# Ah, yes - when digging in confs - as a bonus, I cracked the mystery of 'different looking man-pages for different users' in Crux. Has to have:
export PAGER="most"in all .bashrc files. :)
# General notes about urxvt:
If dealing with .Xdefaults (.Xresources)
- might stick in Xft.dpi: 96 there too, it probably makes the console look a little less hairy.
And those -
- OB autostart - urxvt in daemon mode goes like that:
urxvtd -q -o -f &
- browse all possible settings:
urxvt --help 2>&1| sed -n '/: /s/^ */! URxvt*/gp'
# native transpency
! URxvt*.shading: 0 to 99 darkens, 101 to 200 lightens
- Scrollbar. Have to define it, have to place it etc:
# scrollbar style - rxvt (default), plain (most compact), next, or xterm
# and so on, look it up.
- what icon you want to see in window corner:
- tabs. Perl-extension thing. Has to be compiled in.
# rxvt-unicode is not bad terminal at all. BUT, if using real Nvidia driver - it might not be worth the hassle. There are other terminals available - with less config-wrestling.
# PS! Compton + more new Nvidia driver = more likely there are lag-problems... I just downgraded newest 340 to 331 in Crux - as 340 bloody lagged with everything.