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Bug 84788 - rc.sysconfig console font loading bug
rc.sysconfig console font loading bug
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2003-02-21 08:20 EST by Péter, Soós
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:34 EDT (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2003-02-21 12:56:58 EST
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Description Péter, Soós 2003-02-21 08:20:46 EST
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Description of problem:
rc.sysconfig init virtual consoles before loading console font. It causes the
system font loads the first virtual console only.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. configure system font via /etc/sysconfig/i18n
2. reboot you machine


Actual Results:  The configured font appears on the first virtual console only

Expected Results:  The configured font appears on _all_ virtual console only

Additional info:

Here is the fixed part of rc.sysconfig file:

 # Load system font
 if [ -x /sbin/setsysfont ]; then
    [ -f /etc/sysconfig/i18n ] && . /etc/sysconfig/i18n
    case "$LANG" in
        action $"Setting default font ($SYSFONT): " /bin/unicode_start $SYSFONT
        action $"Setting default font ($SYSFONT): " /sbin/setsysfont
    for i in 2 3 4 5 6; do
      > /dev/tty$i
Comment 1 Miloslav Trmac 2003-02-21 12:35:13 EST
The font (and UTF-8 mode) is set again *after* you log in to the VT.
Every time you log out, console gets reset to the initial state.

That's not to say it is not a problem:
E.g. log out, press Ctrl-Alt-DEL. The initscripts messages output
when switching to runlevel 6 will be garbled if the locale
uses non-ASCII chars, because the console is not in UTF-8 mode
(I don't know whether the font is loaded). The right way to fix
this would really be making sure that the VTs are in the desired
mode *all the time*, not only when a user is logged on them.
I'm not sure how easily this can be done though.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2003-02-21 12:56:58 EST
In response to the initial bug - no, you need to init the console *before* you
load the font for it to work right. This is a hack workaround; I'm fairly sure
this is a kernel bug that the font but not the mapping table are inherited on VC

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