font size in vt

Ernie Luzar luzar722 at
Tue Aug 23 16:32:29 UTC 2016

Victor Sudakov wrote:
> Felix Friedlander wrote:
>>> I'm currently using vt(4) for my console on a 10.3-RELEASE system.
>>> With the i915kms.ko loaded, my text console becomes 67 rows, 240 columns
>>> (according to `stty -a`) with a very small font. 
>>> How can I configure a larger font with less rows and columns? All my
>>> knowledge of syscons, vidcontrol etc seems useless with vt+i915kms.
>>> Thanks in advance for any help.
>>> -- 
>>> Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
>>> sip:sudakov at
>> The short answer is: load a larger font. You can use the
>> `vtfontcvt??? command to generate your own font from a bdf file - if
>> you don???t care what font, is
>> available in a variety of sizes. 
> I've tried converting some fonts from terminus-font-4.40/*.bdf,
> none have given a satisfactory result. If anyone has a decent-looking
> large FNT font (with Cyrillic characters), to make the vt console look
> more like the traditional 80x25 terminal, please share.
>> Fonts that you put in
>> /usr/share/vt/fonts will show up in `vidfont' too.
> And what's the rc.conf variable for setting the vidfont at boot time?

In /boot/loader.conf add these two lines to have vt console look more 
like the traditional sc 80x25 terminal,


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