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Old 03-31-2004, 08:47 PM   #1
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Question framebuffer console for OpenBSD?

I've been wracking my brains here trying to find a way to pass a kernel option on boot, someting like linux's "vga=773" to enable a framebuffer console at 800x600 or even better at 1024x768...

Anyone have any luck with this? I have a suspicion it relates to passing something to wsdisplay or changing a setting in 'config /bsd' to get it to be what I want, but some help would be delightful!


P.S. - got a 3.4 openbsd install on a floppy based old ass laptop COMPLETE in 15 mins via FTP! All devices worked perfect!
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Old 04-03-2004, 01:34 AM   #4
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Thanks for the links to some information. The second link offered, the FAQ page from, was quite helpful for a number of interesting reasons, such as utilizing a serial console (which is something I need to do soon), as well as some other tweaks, but I'm not sure I found any good answers about utilizing the framebuffer.
The information that came closest was part "7.6 - How do I use a console resolution of 80x50? (i386)" but that isn't exacly what I'm looking for.

I suppose I should just assume that a frame buffer is simply out of the question. Oh well!
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On some (many) Linux systems that use KMS and have a framebuffer based console, users in the video group can read that framebuffer, so if root is doing something on the console, users can view that. In X users can see all keystrokes on the same X Server. In short Linux has weak security, for many derivatives their priorities are vastly different to that of OpenBSD.
Old 08-29-2018, 06:47 AM   #6
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You've dredged up a 14-year old thread?

(OpenBSD added the efifb(4) framebuffer driver for EFI-booting amd64 systems in 2015, released in 2016 with OpenBSD 5.9.)
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