[nSLUG] Problems with console text

Jack Warkentin jwark at bellaliant.net
Thu Jun 6 13:20:55 ADT 2013

Hi Mike

re your remark that "it goes to tiny text half way through":

That is because the video card's framebuffer driver module has just been 
loaded. As Baha Baydar indicated, an entirely new set of packages is 
used to establish the fonts at that point. On my Debian system, these 
are keyboard-configuration (which provides scripts console-setup and 
keyboard-setup in /etc/init.d) and kbd (which provides the setfont 
script that Baha refers to. It is the /etc/init.d/console-setup script 
that sets up the console font on my system. Have fun.



Mike Spencer wrote:
> Tnx to Jack Warkentin, Eugene Cormier&  Bill Davidson for
> suggestions.  Filed until the computer comes back to me on Daniel's
> next visit.
> Bill asked:
>> If he's using KDE anyway, why do you care about the console text
>> size?
> Because I don't have a clue how to use KDE. So I use consoles to
> figure things out for him. Or an xterm. But once KDE is started, it
> does all manner of weird stuff that makes it harder to untangle what's
> going on.  When I give him suggestions of how to figure something
> out, it's generally couched in command line terms.  And he's 46 so
> tiny type is less than good for him either.
> But you're right that it isn't a pressing concern.
>> (Extra freebie) if you switch to a different virtual terminal does it
>> look the same?
> Yeah, all consoles come up the same.
> The text that scrolls across the screen during boot is the standard
> size until half way through when the screeen clears and it goes to
> tiny text.
> Tnx,
> - Mike

Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at bellaliant.net
39 Inverness Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3P 1X6

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