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    Console text rendering question

    I haven't been able to find the answer to this question anywhere so I will put it forward here.

    I want to change the rendering size of the text when I am in run level 3 (console, no X session). I just wanted to shink everything down so it doesn't wrap so many times. I like smaller text too ;-) Any one know where I can change this setting at?
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    Re: Console text rendering question

    are you using framebuffers?

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    No, I didn't compile that into the kernel. I was wondering if there was a way to specify it without using a framebuffer.
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    i don't believe you can make the chars smaller without a frame buffer, i _think_ different fonts *may* be possible (check out the consolechars command, i haen't used it so i'm not sure if it will help). But I'm pretty sure your stuck with the same size.

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    Thanks CT, that is exactly what I was looking for. I decided to use drdos8x8 font, makes it so I can fit more on the screen.
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    /me stands corrected and adds that tidbit of knowledge to his ever-increasing self-contained *nix KB

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    Re: Console text rendering question

    I think you can use fbset too, if you use a framebuffer.

    This is where Slackware comes to shine. It allows you to select a custom console font at the install. *sneak ad*

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    Re: Console text rendering question

    Quote Originally Posted by postlogic";p="5319
    I think you can use fbset too, if you use a framebuffer.

    This is where Slackware comes to shine. It allows you to select a custom console font at the install. *sneak ad*
    I knew I could do it if I was using framebuffer, but I wasn't so I had to go old skool. And Slackware isn't the only distro that offers custom fonts on intstall, its actually pretty common place now.
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    You should be able to use setenv as well, to set a font. Not to mention you could do shopt -s checkwinsize, and it should give you a better line wrap.

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