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Old 10-30-2002, 11:14 AM   #1
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Changing console font size

I'm looking for some info on changing the console font size to a smaller size.

I noticed Mandrake has a smaller font size for the console when it installs and a larger font size when it boots normally thereafter.

Any ideas where I'd have to look for this setup code?

Thanks in advance
Old 10-30-2002, 11:37 AM   #2
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You don't need one.

Click Settings> Fonts> Size. Whatever you did. Save settings and click Remember by right-clicking on the title bar.
Old 10-30-2002, 01:23 PM   #3
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Are you talking about text size in an X window or the console text on boot up before X starts?

If you are referring to the size in X windows, see post above. If you are referring to the latter then you need to look into framebuffer support. If you have the linux kernel source installed then look in the directory /usr/src/linux/Documentation/fb for more help. A goggle search for framebuffer, should also help.

If you use lilo you may see stuff like:
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
In your lilo.conf file. Comment out the "vga=normal" and uncomment the resolution you want to use. If you have fb support built into the kernel it should work.

If you use the fb stuff when you boot it may cause problems with X picking its own resolutions. I think that is why MD turns it off once Linux is installed.

edit. - screwed up code tags.

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Old 10-30-2002, 02:59 PM   #4
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Correct, I'm talking during bootup.
Old 06-10-2003, 02:07 PM   #5
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Angry HELP!

Please do not hijack threads. You asked this like you were suppose to already creating your own thread.


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Old 06-11-2003, 12:31 PM   #6
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Actually, you don't need to change the VESA settings to just change fonts (and sizes), take a look at this thread:
You really, just need to go to: and download the setfont.tgz file. It contains all you need to setup the fonts for the console, including a bunch of fonts. You can untar the file in your root directory and it will put stuff where it belongs. After that, just rehash (if necessary) and run fontconfig. This will create a file in /etc/rc.d/rc.font. This will need to be run at boot. You can move the file to whereever you want, or edit the file var/log/setup/setup.fontconfig and create the file wherever you like.


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