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Default What is the default font for terminal?

When one installs a default OpenBSD box, what is the font used for the terminal when you first log in?
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OpenBSD's console on i386/amd64 is configured by the BIOS, vga(4) text-mode is a bitmap font embedded in your video cards firmware.

It's not a graphical framebuffer as is used on other systems, it can't display complex graphics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_compatible_text_mode
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Ah, I thought it was a single generic monospace font or something. I wanted to use it for everything else as well since it's readable unlike other fonts I have to look at that are uneven in spacing.

Do you have any preference as far as fonts go? (Anyone can answer.)

Actually I might just create a new thread in Off-Topic.
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I've grown rather fond of the terminus font, which is fixed width and suitable for terminals.

The version in the ports tree is a X11 bitmap font in pcf format, but I believe a TrueType alternative exists.
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I wanted to use it for everything else as well since it's readable unlike other fonts I have to look at that are uneven in spacing.
There is a VGA font that's been adapted for X, which comes with dosemu. To try them,
download the source code for dosemu-1.4.0 and install the files matching

dosemu-1.4.0/etc/vga*.bdf

in your fonts/local directory. (You may need mkfontdir(1) and "xset(1) fp rehash".)

Just for fun I once made a terminal that uses them with this command:

% xterm -fn vga -geom 84x42+168+21 -bg black -fg gray80 -cr purple -selbg snow2 -selfg royalblue3 +sb -ls -T "`whoami` : term2@$HOST" -n term2 &

The PC VGA font has limitations on the character set, so you'll likely have more luck with something like terminus in the long run. Not to mention that this is a hack job unsupported by the developers.
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