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install/43297: [dM] 4.0.1 INSTALL kernel: too-large font

Subject: install/43297: [dM] 4.0.1 INSTALL kernel: too-large font
From: der Mouse
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 03:10:01 +0000 UTC
>Number:         43297
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       [dM] 4.0.1 INSTALL kernel font size is problematic
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    install-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Thu May 13 03:10:00 +0000 2010
>Originator:     der Mouse
>Release:        NetBSD 4.0.1
>Organization:
        Dis-
>Environment:
System: NetBSD Tadpole-Anna.Rodents-Montreal.ORG 4.0.1 NetBSD 4.0.1 
(TADPOLE3GX) #6: Tue Apr 27 19:41:05 EDT 2010 
[email protected]:/home/mouse/kbuild/TADPOLE3GX sparc
Architecture: sparc
Machine: sparc
>Description:
        The 4.0.1 installer's kernel uses FONT_GALLANT12x22, at least
        on my Tadpole 3GX.  This is a problem because the Tadpole's
        screen is only 800x600, leading to a text display narrower than
        80 columns (66x27, if my arithmetic is right).  This causes
        sysinst to botch its screen layouts, rather severely in a few
        cases, and it appears this is considered a problem with the
        installer kernel rather than a problem with sysinst.
>How-To-Repeat:
        Try to use the 4.0.1 installer on a Tadpole 3GX console - or, I
        suspect, anything else with a supported bitmap console under
        960 pixels wide, though I haven't tried any others.
>Fix:
        Always use the ROM console?  Configure the installer kernels to
        use a smaller font?

        See also the port-sparc thread beginning with my message

        Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 16:22:18 -0400 (EDT)
        From: der Mouse <[email protected]>
        Message-Id: <[email protected]>
        Subject: Installer issues

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