Subject: Re: Is pccons of any use in shark?
To: Michael Lorenz <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: port-arm
Date: 07/30/2007 18:02:28
On 30/07/2007, at 17:10, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:

> On 29/07/2007, at 21:57, Michael Lorenz wrote:
>>> So:
>>> 1. Can I switch the INSTALL kernel to use wscons?
>> Can't think of a reason why not.
> Grr, it's not going to be that easy.  I've done all the necessary  
> changes locally, but now sysinst displays drawing characters (those  
> around menus) incorrectly.  It seems that the font built into the  
> vga rom is incorrect; all the characters above the 128th do not  
> contain what they "should".
> If I manually load the vt220l.816 font, everything is rendered nicely.
> What is the best solution to this?  Do we currently have any way to  
> easily stick a copy of a sane font into the kernel so that the  
> driver can use it as a replacement unconditionally?  Should we do it?

Of course another possibility is to stick vt220l.816 and wsfontload  
into the ramdisk and use these two to install the font prior  
launching sysinst.  The problem with this is: how to configure the  
target system?  sysinst could modify wscons.conf to load that same  
font, but that won't work with GENERIC's framebuffer.

It seems to me that forcing the kernel to install a sane font at boot  
time for us is good.

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>