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#1 2010-03-28 18:47:03

hatten
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From: Sweden, Borlange
Registered: 2009-02-23
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Rotate the screen in a tty?

Is it remotely possible to rotate the screen in a tty? Virtual frame buffer, screen, anything? It would be awesome to read text files horizontally on my netbook!

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#2 2010-03-28 23:55:06

keenerd
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Re: Rotate the screen in a tty?

fbterm

I recommend the Terminus font.  Wide unicode characters get cropped, but hey, unicode in a tty!

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#3 2015-12-27 13:32:42

Digit
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Registered: 2008-04-28
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Re: Rotate the screen in a tty?

if monitor rotated 90 degrees clockwise:

echo 3 > /sys/class/graphics/fbcon/rotate_all 

or if you want to rotate your monitor 90 degrees counter clockwise:

echo 1 > /sys/class/graphics/fbcon/rotate_all 

can set more permanently in grub with fbcon=rotate:3

(sry, i know its not the convention to reply to such old threads at archlinux forum, but the question is still relevant for many, and still websearches point here, n there's no answer here.  this will help.)  smile


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#4 2015-12-27 16:17:05

ewaller
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Re: Rotate the screen in a tty?

Dang that works nicely smile  I love these forums, I learn new stuff every day.  Sometimes the things are cooler than others smile

This definitely falls under the exceptions defined by the second and third bullets in the policy you mentioned
Thanks.  Would you consider adding that to the wiki?


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#5 2016-01-14 13:43:32

chewtoy
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Re: Rotate the screen in a tty?

Using fbcon to rotate my VT makes quitting X freeze my computer.

Using:

echo 3 | sudo tee /sys/class/graphics/fbcon/rotate_all

I then issue

startx

which starts my X session, I use AwesomeWM if that's any info to you.
I then quit Awesome, which quits X. Now, my screens are frozen.
I can't change TTY, I can't enter commands, I can't do anything.
The lights for CapsLock and NumLock lights up when I toggle those keys, so the computer isn't frozen. I just, can't do anything.

Solutions?

I really want to be able to have my VTs correctly rotated and being able to start up X and quit it without having to reboot, which I currently have to.

(also, as a side note, it's "1" for clockwise ("right" in xrandr) and "3" for counter clockwise ("left" in xrandr))

Last edited by chewtoy (2016-01-14 13:57:00)

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#6 2016-01-15 01:18:44

SimSonic
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From: Montreal, Canada
Registered: 2009-08-03
Posts: 4

Re: Rotate the screen in a tty?

chewtoy > I also encountered issues when quitting X with a rotated VT. I got around them by having the command "stty sane" run right after quitting X (e.g. by starting X with "startx; stty sane"). Hopefully that can solve your problems too.

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#7 2016-01-15 15:26:14

chewtoy
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Re: Rotate the screen in a tty?

SimSonic wrote:

chewtoy > I also encountered issues when quitting X with a rotated VT. I got around them by having the command "stty sane" run right after quitting X (e.g. by starting X with "startx; stty sane"). Hopefully that can solve your problems too.

Hmm.. That worked one time, the next time it got even weirder. The text on the tty was printed in both directions ('normal' and my rotated direction) and then locked up the whole thing forcing me to reboot.
But, worked one time at least!

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#8 2018-10-15 22:55:00

Digit
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Registered: 2008-04-28
Posts: 68

Re: Rotate the screen in a tty?

this no longer seems to have any effect at all (anyone?).  the search for a solution resumes.


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