Restoring sc console look and feel with vt

Ernie Luzar luzar722 at
Tue Sep 5 13:56:52 UTC 2017

Polytropon wrote:
> As more and more systems got updated, vt has become the default
> console driver, and sc and modern X seem to heavily collide, so
> there is no way back. However, even though vt basically works,
> the modes it automatically chooses are far from usable from my
> point of view: The text is far too small to be conveniently read.
> Also the colors seem to be "wrong" and of low contrast (compared
> to sc, that is, on the same hardware).
> The "just works" feeling somehow has been lost... :-(
> Basically, I'd like to know if it is possible to configure vt
> in a way that it displays a 80x25 text mode with whatever font.
> I don't even mind if the "drawing characters" (pseudographic
> block characters for boxes, such as in the Midnight Commander)
> stopped working long time ago, especially in combination with
> the use of german Umlauts and Eszett (öäü ÖÄÜ and ß) - UTF-8
> vs. ISO-8859-1 in text mode is a totally different problem.
> If I have to select from a plethora of fonts, I don't mind,
> but I'd like to know beforehand _which_ font, and what other
> parameters I have to adjust in order to get vt starting to work
> like sc did for decades.
> Is that easily possible?
> Experimental system is FreeBSD/i386 10.3-p22 (held current with
> freebsd-update).
Add this to /boot/loader.conf to return to sc mode.

or this to tell vt to use text mode which looks and feels like sc

thats a digit one

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