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Old 08-07-2013, 12:13 AM   #1
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Terminus fonts absent from setconsolefont in -current

I just noticed that the Terminus series, though added to -current in February (and used on my console since), was never added to the setconsolefont command from the kbd package. It's not exactly a pain to edit rc.font directly, and I realize that kbd isn't exactly the fastest target in the world, but it might want fixing before the big 14.1 release.
Old 08-07-2013, 01:55 AM   #2
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hm i use -current, and i can see the Terminus Font, its named Lat2-Terminus16.psfu.gz
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:22 AM   #3
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...Well, that's embarrassing. I kept looking for something along the lines of "ter-????", like "ter-v16n", and Slackware just points to a version named Lat2-Terminus16.

Marking as solved. Thanks!
Old 08-08-2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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I would tend to second your request of displaying all Terminus fonts in setconsolefont though, as they provide a lot more sizes and codepages.

Until and including 14.0, setconsolefont displays only console fonts included in the 'kbd' source package (in ./data/consolefonts), so that would mean adding those included when installing the 'terminus-font' package. That would need that the 'terminus-font' package be installed, or (probably a simpler solution) merged with 'kbd.

It would seem consistent then to add all these terminus fonts in the initrd, as 'setconsolefont' is first (possibly) run during installation.
EDIT. Stupid me: forget previous sentence, fonts are gathered from the freshly installed system.

On the other hand that would add no less than 248 files to an already long list, so maybe it'd be wiser to let things stay as they are, unless/until setconsolefont be restructured, for instance providing a menu with several levels (for instance allowing to choose first the size or codepage, then displaying all fitting fonts). But that'd be for Slackware 14.2 or 15.0, I guess

Till then, as you pointed out, it's not that difficult to edit 'rc.font'.

In the same vein, I always find list of time zones displayed by 'timeconfig' way too long, so IMO that one would deserve to be restructured as well. But, I digress...

EDIT2 I apologize to readers: previous EDIT was misplaced

Last edited by Didier Spaier; 08-08-2013 at 02:19 PM. Reason: EDIT2 added


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