setting console width when running FreeBSD in VirtualBox

Dale Scott dalescott at
Tue Jan 19 16:31:25 UTC 2010

Doh! Thanks. I'm now connected to local dev-test vm with PuTTY (like font better than VirtualBox also). I looked at vidcontrol, but the obvious solution is the winner.

Dale Scott

Calgary, Canada

----- Original Message -----
From: Polytropon <freebsd at>
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 7:43
Subject: Re: setting console width when running FreeBSD in VirtualBox
To: Dale Scott <dalescott at>
Cc: freebsd-questions at

> 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).
> -- 
> Polytropon
> Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
> Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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