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This started with the last-but-one initscripts update which recommended taking a lot of stuff out of rc.conf and putting it in small specialised files, ready for systemd. Which I duly ...
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    Garbage printed during startup


    This started with the last-but-one initscripts update which recommended taking a lot of stuff out of rc.conf and putting it in small specialised files, ready for systemd. Which I duly did.

    Previously everything worked fine. Now it gets to the point where the console is being configured, then it spits out a load of cyrillic characters and other garbage. After this normal service is resumed but without Arch's usual bold highlighting (that depends on tput, and I've confirmed by logging in at a console that tput doesn't do highlighting any more).

    It's a minor glitch but very annoying. I've tried booting with systemd instead of init, thinking that would work better but the same thing happens.

    My vconsole.conf file contains only 2 lines:
    KEYMAP="uk"
    CONSOLEMAP="8859-1_to_uni.trans"
    I don't know what the second line does - I copied it from an example.
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    Correction: I didn't boot with systemd yesterday; I only thought I had! In fact I gave the wrong pathname for the init parameter in my kernel command line (init=/sbin/systemd) and it silently defaulted to sysvinit. I thought a program like systemd would be in /sbin but it's actually in /bin. Anyway, I have used systemd today and, as it doesn't run the scripts that printed the garbage, no garbage appears. So I suppose that's an improvement.
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