Restoring sc console look and feel with vt
wblock at wonkity.com
Fri Sep 22 17:14:21 UTC 2017
On Sat, 16 Sep 2017, Polytropon wrote:
> On Sun, 17 Sep 2017 02:21:51 +1000 (EST), Ian Smith wrote:
>> Are you sure there's no way to use sc(4) with X on 10.3?
> The reason why I switched to vt was exactly that reason: with sc
> in place, X wouldn't start anymore. This happened at some point
> during the "updating trail" of 10.1 -> 10.3 with ports updated
> (via pkg). Something that worked for months suddenly stopped
> working, which always is a terrible experience. When I switched
> to vt in the loader, X worked again as it did before.
I'm fairly sure that is due to KMS video. vt(4) supports it, sc(4) was
out decades before anyone thought of it.
>From another channel, I've been told that persistently setting the gop
command in the loader is either not implemented or must be done in one
of the Forth loader files. I tried some things with no success yet, and
have inquiries to dteske at .
>> We saw lots
>> about getting proper console switching going (again) using vt and X on
>> the stable@ list on earlier 10.x, but I can't recall any details, since
>> sc still works fine on my 9.3 (amd64) system, where vt(4) first became
>> available, including proper suspend/resume support from ttyvN or from X.
> That is a different problem. Until you start X, sc works perfectly
> fine. Even in a setting where "sc + startx" is working, shutting
> down the X session or switching using e. g. Ctrl+Alt+F1 leaves you
> with a console that works, but without visible text ("blind console").
> With vt, at least this problem is gone, even though the console now
> is visible only with the tiniest letters.
I just tested this on a Haswell notebook with 11-stable. The mode
setting is either lost after leaving X, or it just keeps the resolution
chosen in X.
However, vidfont and vidcontrol work to select a larger font.
to print available font names. Then
vidcontrol -f vgarom-16x32
to choose one of them. This can be set in /etc/rc.conf with
It does not take effect until late in the startup, so the boot messages
are in the default or gop-set mode.
I'm not sure where this should be documented in the Handbook.
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