Bug 184 - RedHat 5.2 makes laptop font slightly unreadable
Summary: RedHat 5.2 makes laptop font slightly unreadable
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Preston Brown
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Reported: 1998-11-24 15:29 UTC by Michael Meissner
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-02-05 17:35:00 UTC

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Description Michael Meissner 1998-11-24 15:29:37 UTC
I have a Toshiba 420CDT laptop (40 meg of memory, 2 gig
disk, 100 Mhz Pentium, 800x600 screen).  It was running
RedHat 5.1 just fine.  I upgraded to 5.2, and immediately
after fsck'ing the disks, something changes in the font
used that makes it less clear.  I'm not sure I can explain
it, except that it looks like when the 640x480 mode is
displayed at 800x600, or when a computer tries to make a
bold font by overlaying the font at one pixel difference.
This happens whether I use the normal boot, or boot into
single user mode.  It also happens when I build a custom
kernel, or even boot 2.1.129.  This did not happen in
RedHat 5.1.

Comment 1 Michael Meissner 1998-11-27 00:05:59 UTC
I debugged it further, and I believe that if /etc/sysconfig/i18n is
not defined (ie, the user has not chosen a default font), then in the
script /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit, /sbin/setfont should not be called.  Thus
whatever font is loaded by the bios will still be used, rather than
always using default8x16.gz as the font.  Also, as a side note, the
call to setfont should really be traced to the op console like just
about everything else is during the boot process.

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-02-05 17:35:59 UTC
In the latest initscripts release (3.84), setsysfont is
called only if a particular font is set in /etc/sysconfig/i18n.

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