System Administration Guide
Appendix B, Using the system console and non-graphical displays

Changing non-graphical video fonts

Changing non-graphical video fonts

You can display the full range of characters on a display adapter by using the vidi(C) utility. Normally, if you have a console with a display adapter which has a character set defined in a ROM, you will be able to display only those characters defined in that ROM. In addition, in order to display the entire font set, the mapchan file for the console must correspond to the character set defined in that ROM.

In addition to using vidi(C) to override ROM, you can use it to define certain display fonts on some display adapters. For example, the VGA adapter will allow you to display fonts in the sizes 8x8, 8x14, and 8x16.

The vidi(C) utility defines the font for one of these six character sets. 

Table B-1 Font definition files (/usr/lib/vidi)

 Character set   8x8 font   8x14 font   8x16 font
 PC standard     font8x8    font8x14    font8x16
 ISO 8859/1      iso.8x8    iso.8x14    iso.8x16
 PC Nordic       nor.8x8    nor.8x14    nor.8x16
 PC Portuguese   por.8x8    por.8x14    por.8x16
 PC Spanish      spa.8x8    spa.8x14    spa.8x16
 PC Greek        grk.8x8    grk.8x14    grk.8x16