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Why is Emacs X11's display such bad quality, and how do I fix it?

When I use Emacs Cocoa locally, I get a good visuals. But when I use the X11 forwarding on my department's server, the quality is horrendous. How do I fix the X11 version?

I'm doing this all on Mac OSX (El Capitan). Here are some screenshots of the difference between the local, cocoa version and the X11 version:

Emacs Cocoa locally: cocoa

Emacs X11 server version: X11

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It seems that X defaults to a font that looks bad, or at least just has bad size. Try customizing fonts to make them look good (Options > Set Default font... from menu bar.)

You add something like this in your config file to change fonts only when you're using X:

(when (eq window-system 'x)
  ;; your custom font settings here
  )
  • Is there a way to find out what the default for my cocoa browser is, so that I can just copy those settings? – Alex Chitsazan Jul 5 '16 at 18:29
  • You can just take a look at what the font is set to in Cocoa, but I don't think that X will come with the same fonts. You're better off with just looking for something that looks similar. – DoMiNeLa10 Jul 5 '16 at 18:56

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