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I found several answers already but all of them are focused on changing size for good, i.e. at Lilo/Grub level. I don't want this though.

So, key issues:

  1. changing size on-fly, I would like to increase size, and 5 minutes later, decrease it back

  2. it is question about text console, not terminal running in X11

openSUSE 11.4 if this matters. Thank you in advance.

I am only interested in size of the font, not in typeface of it.

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You can use

setfont /usr/share/kbd/consolefonts/$font

to change the font in the console, and then to revert back, just

setfont

Once you determine where Suse keeps these fonts, with

locate consolefonts

pick a larger one to set and away you go...

There is more detail here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fonts#Console_fonts

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Thank you very much, great reading! openSUSE has the same location for fonts, so there was no problem. –  greenoldman Apr 27 '11 at 19:42

You can also press Shift and the number pad + sign it'll show three mode of window size and you can get the larger font on third attempt.

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That works for console? I doubt it, but for a terminal emulator it would work. –  warl0ck Oct 19 '12 at 7:41

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