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FS#65680 - [linux] tty font is rendered bigger since 5.5.6

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Dennis Kadioglu (dkadioglu) - Monday, 02 March 2020, 09:07 GMT
Last edited by freswa (frederik) - Saturday, 26 September 2020, 22:55 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Core
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture x86_64
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


Description: Since linux 5.5.6 my tty has a bigger font - too big. Until 5.5.5 all the ttys had a nice small font using the native resolution 2560x1440 of my display. With 5.5.6 and 5.5.7 the resolution is still 2560x1440 (according to fbset -s) but, the fonts are rendered way bigger now. How can I find the culprit for that? How can I reduce the font rendering in size?

Additional info:
* fully updated system, linux 5.5.7

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Thank you very much.
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Closed by  freswa (frederik)
Saturday, 26 September 2020, 22:55 GMT
Reason for closing:  Not a bug
Comment by Alexander Schnaidt (Namarrgon) - Monday, 02 March 2020, 09:46 GMT Comment by Dennis Kadioglu (dkadioglu) - Monday, 02 March 2020, 13:14 GMT
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I understand, that the change of the default font size is not a bug. Sorry for the noise! However, I would like to ask, why at the same time the auto detection of the font size has been disabled with removing CONFIG_FONT_AUTOSELECT=y? Or do I misunderstand the meaning of this setting here?
Thank you very much.
Comment by Alexander Schnaidt (Namarrgon) - Monday, 02 March 2020, 17:04 GMT
"CONFIG_FONT_AUTOSELECT" is only a configuration helper-construct, its only function is to make sure that at least one font is selected if the user doesn't select any font. It has no code behind it, no runtime impact at all.
Comment by Dennis Kadioglu (dkadioglu) - Monday, 02 March 2020, 19:21 GMT
@Namarrgon Thanks for that clarification!
As I would like to get back the old behaviour before 5.5.6, I've set the console font via /etc/vconsole, which works as expected. I also added fbcon=font:8x16 to the kernel command line. However, tty1 still uses the bigger font and messages printed during shutdown are still rendered big. But this only happens when I initiate shutdown from KDE/SDDM. If I initiate shutdown from tty2 or higher, shutdown messages are printed smaller. How can I force tty1 to also use the smaller font size?
Comment by Alexander Schnaidt (Namarrgon) - Tuesday, 03 March 2020, 00:04 GMT
Please open a new thread on the forum, this is the wrong place to debug your configs.
Comment by Dennis Kadioglu (dkadioglu) - Tuesday, 03 March 2020, 04:07 GMT
Thanks for your patience, next time I will think about opening a thread in the forum first.