Any tutorial on the mysteries of .Xresources file?

Walter Dnes waltdnes-SLHPyeZ9y/tg9hUCZPvPmw at
Fri Nov 4 06:02:31 UTC 2005

  My googling hasn't worked very well for this.  Despite having used
linux for approx 5 years, I've never set up a .Xresources file.  My
current problem is with a commandline utility called "display", which is
part of the Image-Magick utilities.  The command "display original.tif"
complains about not being able to load a default font that doesn't exist
on my machine (DOHHH).  There is a "-font" option, but I don't really
want to type...

display -font -misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1 original.tif

...each time I start the program.  Yes, I can use gqview, but I'd like
to learn how to properly set up .Xresources.  I've got the following
line (the only line) in ~/.Xresources

display*font: -misc-fixed-medium-o-normal--0-0-75-75-c-0-iso8859-1

but it doesn't help.  Any pointers to tutorials?  And how do I get this
particular one to work?

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