On Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:36-0400, Ernie Luzar wrote:

> I have installed 11.0-ALPHA4-i386-20160617-r301975.
> The console looks very different from all previous releases.
> I find it to be harder to read. This manifests it self with the boot log
> messages and the normal behavior of the virtual consoles.
> But the real problem is in the notable hesitation when switching between
> virtual consoles.
> From the boot log (ie: dmesg) I see this
> VT(vga): resolution 640x480
> This must be what is making the console display so different from
> previous releases. Can VT be configured to default to present the same
> console behavior as previous releases before this version of 11.0 gets
> published as RELEASE?

If you want textmode like in the old days, add this line to 


You can also interrupt the final boot loader, and type:

set hw.vga.textmode="1"

Then type:




> About the "hesitation when switching between virtual consoles" I am
> thinking that this reduced performance may be caused by WITNESS being
> enabled in the ALPHA series of releases. Can anyone verify that this
> hesitation will not exist in the published RELEASE?

The "hesitation" is sometimes hardware dependent. A GPU with a KMS 
driver makes it better. It's even worse in some virtualization 
environments, e.g. Microsoft Hyper-V.

> In the boot log I get this message 16 times.
> "vicontrol: setting cursor type: Inappropriate ioctl for device"
> They don't seem to cause any problems that I have stumbled across.
> Is anyone else getting these "NOTICE" type messages?

If you decide to continue with the vt console, you should consider the 

With the new VT console in graphics mode, you don't need to load any 
fonts. Disable or remove any font lines from /etc/rc.conf.

I haven't tried the vt console in text mode lately, so maybe you need 
the fonts in that case.

Look for the appropriate keymap file in /usr/share/vt/keymaps/ and 
update the keymap line in /etc/rc.conf.

Here's the Norwegian keyboard layout as an example:

keymap="norwegian.iso" # Old Norwegian keymap for the sc console

keymap="no"            # New Norwegian keymap for the vt console

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