[Grml] trying to replace console-tools with kbd

John Magolske listmail at b79.net
Fri Feb 19 18:13:18 CET 2010

To set the font in my framebuffer console, I'd like to use kbd, as the
consolechars command that comes with console-tools seems to only work
with 8-pixel wide fonts [1]. I find `consolechars -f` is unable to
load a majority of the fonts in /usr/share/consolefonts.

A while back on an earlier grml (don't recall exactly which version),
I replaced console-tools with kbd and was then able to load any font
in /usr/share/consolefonts using the setfont command.

Now (grml2008.11 installed to hd) when I try to install kbd, aptitude
wants to remove grml, grml-autoconfig & grml2hd [2]. I don't need
grml2hd, but removal of grml is problematic, as this in turn tries to
remove lots of other things as well.

Is there a recommended way to replace console-tools with kbd?

TIA for any help,



In these two cases the fonts loaded fine:
    /usr/share/consolefonts % consolechars -f koi8-14.psf.gz
    /usr/share/consolefonts % consolechars -f Lat7-Terminus16.psf.gz

But in this case, got an error:
    /usr/share/consolefonts % consolechars -f Lat7-Terminus24x12.psf.gz
    Cannot (yet) load a non-seekable RAW file
    read_simple_font(): Invalid argument

Tried uncompressing the font file & loading that:
    /usr/share/consolefonts % consolechars -f Lat7-Terminus24x12_gunzipped.psf
    read_simple_font(): Bad font file format

34507 ~ % sudo aptitude install kbd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
The following packages are BROKEN:
  grml-autoconfig kbd-compat
The following NEW packages will be installed:
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 1 to remove and 1432 not upgraded.
Need to get 423kB of archives. After unpacking 610kB will be used.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  grml-autoconfig: Depends: console-tools but it is not installable
  kbd-compat: Depends: console-tools (>= 1:0.2.3dbs-65.1) but it is not installable
              Conflicts: kbd but 1.15-1 is to be installed.
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

Remove the following packages:

Score is 322

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John Magolske

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