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So, when you boot up, your console font kinda looks horrible on most distributions. I am here to help you fix it on Gentoo based distros. This will work on ...
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- 03-27-2011 #1
HowTo: Console Font Tweaking (Gentoo)
First, you will want to install the terminus-font package:
emerge -av terminus-font
setfont (whatever font you wish to set here)
When you find the font you like, set it in /etc/conf.d/consolefont and add the consolefont script to the runlevel of your choosing.
eselect rc add consolefont default
For reference, the ter-*n.psf.gz fonts look great! I myself use ter-112n.psf.gz for my console font.
Remember, when you put the font in /etc/conf.d/consolefont, do not add the .psf.gz to the font name. Just specify the name itself. Also, the font has to be in /usr/share/consolefonts directory for /etc/conf.d/consolefont to find it.
- 04-03-2011 #2
Since it won't let me edit the article, I will add a revision here.
Make sure you have a framebuffer set up before you attempt this, as it won't work without it. I have tested it with uvesafb, vesafb, and in kernel KMS. Most distros have a framebuffer setup, but a lot do not (such as debian and gentoo) so I may end up writing a howto for that as well, but that is another matter entirely.
Another issue is the proprietary drivers for ati cards, as the framebuffer doesn't like them much. I have used the nvidia binary drivers successfully though with uvesafb.
I am also working on getting Plymouth setup on my box for a nice animated splash while you boot up. More on that later.