console fonts

Polytropon freebsd at
Sun May 31 09:55:45 UTC 2015

On Sat, 30 May 2015 22:17:18 -0453, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> I have FreeBSD 9.3R-p13 running on this desktop box, running XFCE & 
> using rxvt shells as my CLI of choice. Everything is working well. 
> Whenever I want to pkg upgrade, I drop out of XFCE back to the console. 
> The font there is not ideal for the CLI work I do there. It appears to 
> give about 80 chars/line & 25 lines on the screen.

Not "about", it's _exactly_ 80x25 (initially 80x24) in text mode.
That is _the_ standard default normal regular usual textmode size.
Thank you, Herr Hollerith. :-)

> The fonts I use under 
> rxvt give more like 50-55 lines per (maximized) screen. Where can I go 
> to change that console font to something more to my liking ?

You can use vidcontrol to set a mode different than 80x25,
like 90x43 or 132x30. You can also load a different font.
To make the setting permanent, you can configure things
via /etc/rc.conf.

See "man vidcontrol" for details.

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