Back to Console with [ctrl] + [alt] + [Fn]

Victor Sudakov vas at
Sat May 31 13:40:52 UTC 2014

Warren Block wrote:
> Switching from KMS to the console did not work because the old console 
> driver, syscons, did not know how to deal with it.  The console is 
> there, but not visible.
> The new console driver, vt(4), is in 9-stable and 10-stable.  It must be 
> built into the kernel instead of syscons.  There is a sample kernel 
> config file called VT in /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf (or i386, if you 
> prefer).
> It works for me with both Intel and Radeon hardware.

Unfortunately vt(4) has many drawbacks and missing features as
compared to syscons(4). You cannot change encoding to anything other
than UTF-8, you cannot easily change screen font etc etc.

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
sip:sudakov at

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