how to change scrolling distance in tty terms

Joe Burgess joemburgess at
Sat Oct 4 17:55:12 UTC 2008

Brian McKee wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 4, 2008 at 12:24 PM, Joe Burgess <joemburgess at> wrote:
>> Hello, so I use the tty consoles a good amount (the ones you get to by
>> going ctlr-alt f1) and I was wondering if it possible to increase the
>> distance you can scroll back.  I know you press shift-pg up to scroll
>> back but really it doesn't go very far.  is this possible?
>> thanks,
>> Joe
> Joe
> As I understand it, the amount of scrollback is controlled by the ram
> in your video card.   If you flip screens back and forth, the
> scrollback is lost.
> You might get more lines by decreasing the resolution - e.g. change
> the vga= line in grub to something lower or go all the way back to
> 80x25  -  I haven't actually tested this but it makes sense it would
> work that way.
> Brian
really, that is the only way?  but doesn't decreasing the size of the
term just to make the scrolling ability greater do actually nothing.
increase in scrolling but decrease in size means that there is no net

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