[Gllug] Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop console mode

John Edwards john at cornerstonelinux.co.uk
Tue Apr 12 22:06:47 UTC 2011

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 10:56:31PM +0100, t.clarke wrote:
> I have been playing with Ubuntu 10.10 (Desktop) to see if it is a viable
> alternative to Windows.   One big problem is that the 'text mode' console
> screens use ridiculously small characters;  we need to be able to telnet into
> a host Unix system in 80cols x 25line mode, such that the whole screen is
> used.  Using the 'terminal' in the graphical screen doesn't work either,
> as resizing the 'panel' doesn't make the characters any bigger, just increases
> the amount of unused space in the panel.
> Is there any way to force the system to use 80x25 in the console 'text'
> screens (1 - 6) ?    I have tried resizecons and that doesn't work either.

I think resizecons uses stty to set the rows and columns, 
so you could try running that directly:
	stty columns 80 rows 25

Of course this would need to be run before telnet.

Other things to try are fbset and kernel boot parameters.

|    John Edwards   Email: john at cornerstonelinux.co.uk    |
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