non-blocky console font

Matthias matthias at
Mon Jun 3 16:50:49 UTC 2019

> Am 03.06.2019 um 15:47 schrieb tech-lists <tech-lists at>:
> Hello,
> context: recent 12-stable, amd64, desktop
> What I'd like to do is to have a default console font that's not blocky.
> The default seems to be 640*480. My screen is 1920*1024. I'd like
> something like the default console font that OpenBSD uses.
> Thing is, there aren't any (it seems - I can't find them) *recent*
> complete instructions how to do this on *recent* FreeBSD12. Confusingly, both sc and vt are in the default kernel. What is best to use? 
> This is a desktop system, and it runs X fine. It has an nvidia graphics card, and is using the latest drm-kmod for FreeBSD12. I don't want the console configuration interfering with the working X setup. But I'd like a fon't that isn't huge for the times I don't want to start X.
> If I follow the console section in the handbook and for instance try
> # kldload vesa
> I get this error:
> module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (vesa, 0xffffffff836c6000, 0) error 19       sysctl_unregister_oid: failed(22) to unregister sysctl(vesa)
> or
> # vidcontrol -i mode
> (no modes displayed)
The Handbook is not up to date on that topic.

> Basically all that I'm looking for are instructions about:
> 1. whether to use sc or vt
VT is the modern (e.g. support for UTF-8) successor of SC and has been the default for quite some time now. Stick with VT.
> 2. how to change resolution
Look for vt.fb.default_mode in man(4) vt
> 3. how to change console font
kbdcontrol -f <fontname>
(in /usr/local/share/vt/fonts)
> please would anyone advise?
> thanks,
> -- 
> J.

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