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Old 4th July 2015
Mike-Sanders Mike-Sanders is offline
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Default How To: Terminus font in console

Meant to do this earlier but got tangled up a little bit.

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How To: Terminus font in console


Tested on FreeBSD10...


0. assumes root access at a physical console throughout


1. download the *compiled* console-terminus font .deb archive
from the url below (link working as of 7/5/2015)...


https://packages.debian.org/squeeze/all/console-terminus/download


2. move .deb archive to /tmp...


mv console-terminus_4.30-2_all.deb /tmp/ && cd /tmp


3. extract deb archive using one of the two methods shown next...


ar p /tmp/console-terminus_4.30-2_all.deb data.tar.gz | tar -xzf -

ar vx /tmp/*.deb && tar -xzf /tmp/data.tar.gz


4. read README.Debian.gz to determine font for your locale...


zless /tmp/usr/share/doc/console-terminus/README.Debian.gz


5. extract gzipped font (I selected the english font)...


gunzip -c /tmp/usr/share/consolefonts/Lat15-Terminus16.psf.gz > /tmp/Lat15-Terminus16.psf


6. strip psf header/unicode-map trailer (8x16x256 only?)...


dd if=Lat15-Terminus16.psf of=terminus-latin-8x16.fnt bs=1 count=4096 skip=4


7. test font...


vidcontrol -f /tmp/terminus-latin-8x16.fnt && echo success


8. move font to syscons font directory...


mv /tmp/terminus-latin-8x16.fnt /usr/share/syscons/fonts/


9. load font upon every boot (add construct to /etc/rc.conf)...


font8x16="terminus-latin-8x16"


10. enjoy
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Old 5th July 2015
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ar > tar ... does not recognize the format here... nor gtar
I used the second of the three links.

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Works (at least pre-reboot...) per the instructions in the next post.

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Hmm no problems here to speak up. Question... You are logged in as root right? Here's another method to extract the deb archive:

ar vx /tmp/*.deb && tar -xzf /tmp/data.tar.gz

I've also updated the url in the how-to above so that it now points to the offical Debian repository. If for some reason, you find you still cant extract the contents of the deb file, reply here & I'll post a link to the stripped/converted font so you can down load it directly. In fact, hold on, will upload it now...

Okay, download the font here [4kb]:

http://freebsd.hypermart.net/misc/te...latin-8x16.fnt

Then, start at step 7...
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> Works (at least pre-reboot...)

What OS version number on your end jb? (Thanks in advance).
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11.0-CURRENT r281990 Sun Apr 26 2015 i386

I should rephrase that post above:
Works (have not rebooted yet). Did not mean to imply that it did not
persist across reboots...
In fact it works so well if I was well versed in porting I'd port it or ask
someone else to...
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Good deal. Thanks for the feedback jb, appreciate it immensely. Re: Porting...

You know, I have one official port (link here) & to be perfectly candid, building a port's infrastructure is not really all that hard (handbook helped allot). Now submitting a port for inclusion... well, is none too pleasant & not well documented enough IMO. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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