[systemd-devel] [PATCH] Arch: default to FONT=""

Tom Gundersen teg at jklm.no
Thu Sep 13 00:58:15 PDT 2012

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM, Lennart Poettering
<lennart at poettering.net> wrote:
> On Tue, 28.08.12 19:29, Tom Gundersen (teg at jklm.no) wrote:
>> We do this for several reasons:
>>  * it is counter-intuitive that an empty vconsole.conf file is different
>>    from adding FONT="";
>>  * the version of the default font shipped with Arch (the upstream one)
>>    behaves very badly during early boot[0];
> Hmm, that sounds like a bug to fix in the font or the console tools?

My guess is that the problem is in the font (as I have only
experienced this with that particular font), but I don't know anything
about how it is supposed to work so can't say that with any

> Hmm, so I am tempted to make this change for everybody instead of just
> Arch.

That would be great.

> But before I do that, I have one question: the default kernel font, does
> that do the usual UTF-8 subset that LatArCyrHeb-16 does? If so, then
> there is indeed no point in loading a font from userspace, indeed,
> especially given that setfont is so awfully slow...
> By "usual UTF-8 subset" I mean box chars (i want QR codes on the
> console! ;-)) and the range that iso8859-15 covers I guess.

I don't know. However, if no one beats me to it I'll look into this
sometime in the coming week and let you know.


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