I'm using Lubuntu 11.10, and I use my console a lot. Today I discovered that its font was changed; specifically, this screen is from yesterday:


and this is from today:


First of all, any idea of how I changed it? I'm pretty sure I did nothing to justify this, but I'm also certain that if something happened there's always a reason, so...

Besides, how do I restore the previous font? The main issue is that I'm not sure what it was.

  • My guess is that you hit a key combination that told the terminal to increase the font size. – Kyle Jones Aug 31 '12 at 17:53
  • As far as I can see there is no way to change the font size with a key combination; actually, as far as I can see the only way to change the font is by modifying something on grub, so, well, I'm kinda confident I didn't do anything like that. – gcali Aug 31 '12 at 18:41
  • What files in /etc have been modified since the last reboot? Did you reboot since yesterday? What did you do before to set the console font: are you using a font on the graphic card, or the framebuffer? – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Aug 31 '12 at 23:32

I'm wondering why you chose a bunch of dots and arrows to demonstrate a font instead of... you know... letters.

Anyway the command for changing font on the VTs is setfont or consolechars. Running setfont with no args or consolechars -d loads a "default" font. Others that you can load are found in /usr/share/consolefonts.

In Debian there's a file /etc/default/console-setup which the boot scripts use to decide what to do with the console font.

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    Of course, matching an old screenshot made for a different purpose makes sense – Alan Curry Sep 2 '12 at 0:45

You can use the reset command in bash to reset everything in your shell, such as color and so on.

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    Oh ,So you didn't changed font already , and you want to change now ... ok? or default font deleted. – PersianGulf Sep 2 '12 at 11:50
  • What command works in dash? – neverMind9 Dec 10 '18 at 2:31
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    @neverMind9 reset command works in dash. – PersianGulf Dec 10 '18 at 14:10
  • Surprisingly, it does not work in jackpal.androidterm. Android Terminal uses Bash. Is there any alternative that works in Android Terminal? – neverMind9 Dec 10 '18 at 14:30
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    I remember android used mksh @neverMind9 – PersianGulf Dec 11 '18 at 20:21

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