Bug 617768 - kbd needs bigger fonts for high resolution screens
Summary: kbd needs bigger fonts for high resolution screens
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kbd
Version: 15
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Vitezslav Crhonek
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-07-23 21:45 UTC by Tom Horsley
Modified: 2011-12-13 14:31 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version: kbd-1.15.3-4.fc17
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2011-12-13 14:31:27 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Scaled up version of latarcyrheb-sun16 (5.07 KB, application/octet-stream)
2010-07-23 21:49 UTC, Tom Horsley
no flags Details

Description Tom Horsley 2010-07-23 21:45:05 UTC
Description of problem:

Screens are getting bigger and higher resolution all the time, yet all the
bitmap fonts shipped with kbd have relatively small numbers of pixels per glyph.
Either the kernel video mode setting should pick a more appropriate mode
than "max resolution" when in console mode, or the kbd fonts need to come
in sizes with more pixels so they are big enough to see.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
All the time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot runlevel 3 on high res monitor
2. squint a lot.
Actual results:
Tiny fonts

Expected results:
Readable fonts

Additional info:

I used http://www.seasip.demon.co.uk/Unix/PSF/ to produce a 2X scaled
up version of one font to make my console characters big enough to see
(if a bit blocky).

Comment 1 Tom Horsley 2010-07-23 21:49:22 UTC
Created attachment 434073 [details]
Scaled up version of latarcyrheb-sun16

Here's the scaled up font I'm using on my system as an example.

Also see the mailing list thread:


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Comment 3 Tom Horsley 2011-06-01 13:18:52 UTC
Still a problem in fedora 15.

Comment 4 Vitezslav Crhonek 2011-12-13 14:31:27 UTC
Thanks for the scaled font, I added it to the kbd package in Rawhide.

The font is placed in /lib/kbd/consolefonts/latarcyrheb-sun32.psfu.gz and can be used by modifying /etc/sysconfig/i18n or directly via setfont command.

I think that's not necessary to scale other fonts for now, latarcyrheb is probably used by majority of users. But I'll do it for particular font when requested.

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