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change text size for raspi config and retropie setup menu?

  • @mitu Yeah 240p. I'll give that a try. I thought I did a couple of days ago, and it just changed the console, nothing else. I might have moved on to tinkering elsewhere before I gave it a complete look.

  • Actually it goes the other way because of my video size I guess... if I choose the smaller size, it blows up to the point where it's massive and I can't do anything. Good thing I had made a backup last night :)

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    That's why having SSH configured is handy, you can always log in remotely and fix things.

  • Yeah I'm in there now, but in either of those menus, 16x32 is the max. Technically I'd want even larger if I've wrapped my head around this correctly. Like 32x64 or something.

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    Use setfont to load an additional font for testing. console-setup doesn't list all the fonts available - which are in /usr/share/consolefonts:

    setfont /usr/share/consolefonts/Uni3-Terminus32x62.psf.gz

    Note that you need to run this from the console in order to see them in 'real-time'.

    Once you find a good font, edit /etc/default/console-setup and add a line with the FONT filename:


  • Interesting. Though that first command (or the path) isn't working for me:

    pi@retropie:~ $ setfont /usr/share/consolefonts/Uni3-Terminus32x62.psf.gz
    Couldn't get a file descriptor referring to the console

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    You need to run it from the console, not via SSH.

  • All I get is "cannot open font file". Not sure if it's actually 32x62 or 32x64 that is the correct size, but either way, same error.

    Seeing the irony that I have to somewhat blindly type into giant console in order to make it not-giant console :)

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    Maybe a script that goes through all the available fonts and shows them for 3-5 seconds would be useful, so you don't have to type anything. You can always interrupt it with Ctrl+C or adjust the filename wildcard to get different font sizes.

    for f in /usr/share/consolefonts/*32*; do
        setfont "$f"
        echo Testing font $f ...
        echo "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"
        sleep 3

  • I can see the font files from my Mac via FTP, and a number of 16x32 fonts seem to be the largest there is. That's fine, I hopefully I can just SSH in for 99% of things.

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