FreeBSD 10 default terminal emulation

Teske, Devin Devin.Teske at
Sat Dec 14 20:13:18 UTC 2013

On Dec 14, 2013, at 9:58 AM, Polytropon wrote:

> I have a quite strange question. Yesterday I've been using a
> FreeBSD/i386 10 RC system for some tests, and I discovered that
> the entries in /etc/ttys define "xterm" instead of "cons25"
> for the getty invocations assigned to the virtual terminals
> (text mode). Of course, german umlauts and several edit keys
> (delete, for example) don't work. In order to use german
> umlauts, is it still valid to change "xterm" to "cons25l1"
> (along with some rc.conf settings related to german keyboard,
> gont, shell)? I'm not intending to use UTF-8, because this adds
> extra complexity and maybe trouble that I simply don't need,
> and, as far as I know, isn't even supported in text mode,
> but "cons25l1" (likewise: de_DE.ISO8859-1) is, or at least
> has been for decades...
> Because during next year I plan to migrate some systems from
> FreeBSD 8 and 9 to 10, I'd like to be prepared on how I can
> preserve the feature of being able to use german special
> characters even in text mode (because sometimes that's all
> what is accessible locally).

Does this help?
	bsdconfig syscons_ttys

Select option #3:
	ISO 8859-1            cons25l1

NB: Don't forget to log out and back in on the console.

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