Trond Endrestøl wrote:
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 /boot/loader.conf:


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 following:

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

On my 10.3-p4 system I added these 2 lines to loader.conf

This change caused my 10.3 system to use "vt" and returned the console behavior look and feel to be just like the (sc(4) console. The "hesitation when switching between virtual consoles" also no longer happens.

I think its a mistake to default the vt console driver to graph mode in 11.0. It should default to hw.vga.textmode=1 mode to be consistent with previous RELEASE versions of FreeBSD.

I found the cause of this boot time message
"vicontrol: setting cursor type: Inappropriate ioctl for device"

In my rc.conf I had this statement
vidcontrol -c blink -h 250
From testing it seems that vt does not handle the "blink" option for causing the cursor to blink. Is there a vt option to enable cursor blinking

And while we are on fallout from vt becoming the default console driver in 11.0, what about the loader.conf options for "splash" screens and the rc.conf option screen saver "saver= " and the "blanktime= " option. Have these been reviewed?

Now here is the real show stopper. My rc.conf has
moused_flags="-m 2=3" to enable mouse copy and past.
This function on longer works under vt mode.

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