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Re: Console Resolution with GRUB2

From: D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
Subject: Re: Console Resolution with GRUB2
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:02:37 -0500

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On Feb 5, 2013 10:18 AM, "D.J.J. Ring, Jr." <address@hidden> wrote:
I understand that Chris typed the wrong directory.  Instead of mis it should have been misc.

I also found I did not have the package unifont installed.

I installed unifont, and now I have the file in the misc folder:

 locate unifont.pcf.gz

However when I run this command I receive an error that I cannot generate 24x24 font size.

# grub-mkfont -s 24 -o unicode.pf2 /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc/unifont.pcf.gz
grub-mkfont: error: can't set 24x24 font size.

Do I need a package to generate these font sizes, if so, which ones?



On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. <address@hidden> wrote:
I understand now.  The config files are up to the Distibution.

I tried what you advised, Chris, but I have no such directory:

 ls /usr/share/fonts/X11/
100dpi/    75dpi/     encodings/ misc/      Type1/     util/

So the command:

grub-mkfont -s 24 -o unicode.pf2 /usr/share/fonts/X11/mis/unifont.pcf.gz

fails on me.
# can't open file /usr/share/fonts/X11/mis/unifont.pcf.gz, index 0: error 1: cannot open resource

Furthermore, I have no such file unifont.pcf.gz on the system.

Can you be of further help, I very much appreciate your help.

David J. Ring, Jr.


On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:36 AM, Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko <address@hidden> wrote:
On 05.02.2013 06:32, Chris Murphy wrote:

> On Feb 4, 2013, at 9:35 PM, "D.J.J. Ring, Jr." <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I thought I'd post here as my post is not exactly help, but that also will be welcome.
>> Prior to GRUB2 it was quite easy to change virtual console resolution.
>> There are some of us who still use console without  X windows.  One such group is older persons who cannot see at anything except 640x480 resolution.
> Well technically that's a terrible resolution for reading due to pixelization. The better way to deal with this is setting a larger font size for the higher resolution of the display. I can't even think of any laptop or desktop LCD's with a native resolution of 640x480. So to force it to a lower, and thus non-native resolution, makes the problem worse.

Agreed. To increase font size regenerate unicode.pf2 using grub-mkfont with appropriate -s option. E.g.
grub-mkfont -s 24 -o unicode.pf2 /usr/share/fonts/X11/mis/unifont.pcf.gz

Put resulting file in /boot/grub/unicode_24.pf2 and add
to /etc/default/grub

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