setting console width when running FreeBSD in VirtualBox

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue Jan 19 14:43:43 UTC 2010

On Tue, 19 Jan 2010 06:50:50 -0700, "Dale Scott" <dalescott at> wrote:
> Does anyone have a solution to this?

Yes, the obvious one: Use SSH to connect to your development-test
server instead of using VirtualBox's implementation of the OS's
console I/O.

Of course, you can change the console's parameters using tools
like vidcontrol; from its manual:

     mode    Select a new video mode.  The modes currently recognized are:
             80x25, 80x30, 80x43, 80x50, 80x60, 132x25, 132x30, 132x43,
             132x50, 132x60, VGA_40x25, VGA_80x25, VGA_80x30, VGA_80x50,
             VGA_80x60, VGA_90x25, VGA_90x30, VGA_90x43, VGA_90x50, VGA_90x60,
             EGA_80x25, EGA_80x43, VESA_132x25, VESA_132x43, VESA_132x50,
             VESA_132x60.  The raster text mode VESA_800x600 can also be cho-
             sen.  Alternatively, a mode can be specified with its number by
             using a mode name of the form MODE_<NUMBER>.  A list of valid
             mode numbers can be obtained with the -i mode option.  See Video
             Mode Support below.

Higher resolutions are possible, and VirtualBox should be able
to change the dimensions of its console window to the value
you set. Note that it may be needed to add a specific setting
to /boot/loader.conf (e. g. VESA BIOS support).

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