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#1 2019-06-20 08:31:13

Registered: 2019-02-04
Posts: 92  

[SOLVED] Kernel console/VT: boot msgs cut at 80 chars

Hi all!

I got that cosmetic nuisance that the kernel console/VT is reset to 80 columns for a moment during boot with Devuan Beowulf on my Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8250U CPU.

- grub screen is in screen res
- loading initramfs text after grub is in screen res
- following boot messages show up in screen res, but then column is reset to 80 (i.e.: cutted text below: 'udevd[457]: spec' and 'udevd[519]: fail')
- just a moment later the column is again reset to screen res

INIT: version 2.93 booting
[info] Using makefile-style concurrent boot in runlevel S.
[....] Starting hot-plug events dispatcher: udevd[    3.754574] udevd[457]: spec
. ok
[ ok [    3.813949] udevd[520]: failed to execute[    3.834440] udevd[519]: fail
[ ok ] Waiting for /dev to be fully populated...done.
[ ok ] Setting up keyboard layout...done.
[ ok ] Activating swap...done.

Is there anyone who knows what is setting the column to 80. Is there any kernel parameter for that evil driver not to reset the column to 80?!

I guess I have to do a video with the smartphone. :-)

Last edited by geki (2019-06-21 06:29:03)


#2 2019-06-20 16:45:27

From: London
Registered: 2019-03-24
Posts: 1,665  

Re: [SOLVED] Kernel console/VT: boot msgs cut at 80 chars

Try adding your video driver module to the initramfs to get an early KMS start.

Add the name of the module (i915 for Intel) to /etc/initramfs-tools/modules and run

# update-initramfs -u -k all

antifa ftw!


#3 2019-06-21 06:28:32

Registered: 2019-02-04
Posts: 92  

Re: [SOLVED] Kernel console/VT: boot msgs cut at 80 chars

That's it. Thank you!

JFTR, I added option i915.fastboot=1 to the module.


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