Terminal window

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Fri Apr 16 12:34:45 UTC 2010

On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 1:22 PM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> On 16/04/10 21:27, Liam Proven wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 12:16 PM, Basil Chupin<blchupin at iinet.net.au>  wrote:
>>> I stuffed up my earlier post by asking about Midnight Commander and not
>>> about the Terminal I normally open it in because the Terminal and mc are
>>> almost synonymous to me in the way I use both.
>>> My intended question was: how do I make the *TERMINAL* open in full
>>> screen mode and not as a small window (and then having to enlarge it)?
>>> Whatever I have tried so far (click-drag to full page, maximising) is
>>> ineffective and it always opens as a small window.
>>> Anyone know how to make it behave? (Or is another one of those
>>> ALT-something thingies..... :-) )
>> Leave it the size you want it when you shut down. It should remember
>> and reopen that size next time.
> As I wrote above, this is the problem- it doesn't "remember" and always
> opens small.
>  From what I have looked at so far, it is the only program which doesn't
> behave normally.

Hmm. I've not tested it recently - I don't generally leave terminals
open - but IIRC it had to be open *when you shutdown or logged out of
GNOME*. This is what it did a couple of years back, anyway!

>> Or, just press Ctrl-Alt-1 to 6 and use the real text console.
> Which is another thing I have a gripe about - and which is why I don't
> use my usual ALT-CTRL-F3 in Lucid: the font which comes up is primitive,
> something I guess to be from the EGA era of 800X640 resolution, and I am
> used to 1920X1080. Never had this problem until I started using Ubuntu
> (Lucid). How can the resolution in these terminals (ALT-CTRLF1-F6) be
> made to be the same as the Desktop setting? Or is this just a temporary
> glitch in Beta 2?

It's normal behaviour for Linux. The virtual consoles are in VGA text
mode, normally. Ubuntu has always done this along with all Linuxes.

You can pass parameters in GRUB to set the console to a particular
screen mode, but if you set it to the native resolution of the
monitor, the text will get *very* small. Generally the font remains
9x9 pixels or whatever and you just get more columns.

Enjoy the retro feel of the text mode that pretty much the entire
computing world looked at from the1980s to the 1990s!

>>> I don't like water because of the things fish do in it.
>>>                                           W C Fields
>> If you're going to claim to quote someone, don't bowdlerise the quote!
>> That's butchered and it's a travesty. Fields *actually* said: "I never
>> drink water; fish fuck in it" - which is far more amusing, not to
>> mention pithier by far.
> LOL!
> I only ever saw the above quote and didn't know what he actually said.
> I'll change the wording accordingly :-)

:¬) You'll probably get banned from some lists for the Naughty Word.

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