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I'm configuring some minimal Lubuntu installs, which will run within VMs. They do not have window managers, and I do not intend to install any. I would like to increase the TTY font size so that 4 of these VMs can be tiled on a single display, and yet still be usable, but I can't figure out how to do this.

I assume there's just a conf file somewhere (/etc/....?) where this can be set. If someone could point me at that, it would be much appreciated!

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  • Does Ubuntu still use dpkg-reconfigure console-setup? – jasonwryan Jul 5 '13 at 20:41
  • @jasonwryan Apparently not, or at least, my minimal install of lubuntu doesn't recognise that as a valid command, or even something in apt. – John Doucette Jul 5 '13 at 20:42
  • @Tim That is in fact a perfect duplicate, though I spent nearly 20 minutes searching before posting the question, and didn't see that one. Probably because I assumed this was system dependent. Maybe we should add a tag to the other question? – John Doucette Jul 5 '13 at 20:46
  • I've gotten into the habit of using Google to query any Stack site because Stack search is... well lacking apparently. – Tim Jul 5 '13 at 20:50

So, after some tinkering, it seems this is done in two steps.

You can edit the font and font size manually in


On my system, doing this alone doesn't seem to change the console size on boot, but running

# setupcon

causes the TTY to adopt the correct settings.

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