comments on vt as console...

Ed Maste emaste at
Sat Aug 2 00:30:19 UTC 2014

On 1 August 2014 17:18, John-Mark Gurney <jmg at> wrote:
> So, I decided to play around w/ vt after the recent UTF-8 discussion,
> and noticed some issues w/ it...
> First, if you load the gallant font, things don't look very good...  This
> is probably because of the fact that I'm using the vga driver:
> VT: running with driver "vga".

Yes, this is an issue with vt_vga, and affects fonts other than a
multiple of 8 pixels wide.  It's pr191591.

> Second, once one vty has the gallant font loaded, if you switch vty's,
> it can occure that the new vty does not display ANY text..  The display
> is mostly blank...
> Third, w/ the other font loaded, the border doesn't always properly
> get cleared...
> Fourth, when switching screens, there is a brief flash of vertical
> stripes before the new screen comes on...  Can we do something to make
> sure that this transition is clean?  Either a completely blank screen,
> or ideally, no blank screen, but the new text appearing?

I think #2 and #4 are variations on the same issue, and only affect
vt_vga as far as I know.  Can you submit a PR for that issue, and one
for #3?

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