The resizecons command tries to change the videomode of the console.
There are several aspects to this: (a) the kernel must know about it,
(b) the hardware must know about it, (c) user programs must know
about it, (d) the console font may have to be adapted.
(a) The kernel is told about the change using the ioctl VT_RESIZE.
This causes the kernel to reallocate console screen memory for all
virtual consoles, and might fail if there is not enough memory. (In
that case, try to disallocate some virtual consoles first.) If this
ioctl succeeds, but a later step fails (e.g., because you do not have
root permissions), you may be left with a very messy screen.
The most difficult part of this is (b), since it requires detailed
knowledge of the video card hardware, and the setting of numerous
registers. Only changing the number of rows is slightly easier, and
resizecons will try to do that itself, when given the -lines option.
(Probably, root permission will be required.) The command resizeconsCOLSxROWS will execute restoretextmode -r COLSxROWS (and hence
requires that you have svgalib installed). Here COLSxROWS is a file
that was created earlier by restoretextmode -w COLSxROWS. Again,
either root permissions are required, or restoretextmode has to be
In order to deal with (c), resizecons does a `stty rows ROWS cols
COLS' for each active console (in the range tty0..tty15), and sends a
SIGWINCH signal to selection if it finds the file /tmp/selection.pid.
Finally, (d) is dealt with by executing a setfont command. Most
likely, the wrong font is loaded, and you may want to do another
setfont yourself afterwards.
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