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macos - Changing xterm color definitions breaks X11 - Super User
So I guess the answer is to put that stuff in ~/.Xdefaults, since I couldn't get an obvious answer as to whether ~/.Xresources was read on startup, or whether I needed to create a ~/.xinitrc to read it in with 'xrdb'.
On my Mac OS X 10.5.8, I changed the color background of the Xterm (X11) by adding the following lines to the file .Xdefaults:
macos  osx  x11  xquartz  xdefaults  xresources  solution 
october 2019 by kme
X resources - ArchWiki |
Load a resource file (such as the conventional .Xresources), replacing any current settings:
<code class="language-bash">
$ xrdb ~/.Xresources

Load a resource file, and merge with the current settings:
<code class="language-bash">
$ xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources

Most Display managers load the ~/.Xresources file on login.
The older ~/.Xdefaults file is read when an X11 program starts, but only if xrdb has not been used in the current session. [1]
x11  configfuration  xdefaults  xresources  reference  xterm  urxvt  configfile  dotfile 
july 2019 by kme

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