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How do I set the terminal width in a shell session on a debian machine? I'm talking about the Alt+Fn terminals, not a GUI terminal program. Right now it's at 80x25 (I guess), and I'd like it bigger.

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actually, you might look into changing the size of the framebuffer in use on the console. 80x25 sounds like your FB (assuming you're even using one) is in a basic 640x480 resolution. hopefully someone else will step up and explain better how to do that (it could be as simple as a boot-time option, and could be much more complicated; i get rather lost with that stuff). – quack quixote Jun 16 '10 at 23:20
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Give resizecons a try.

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also related commands setterm and stty, depending on whether he's trying to affect one virtual terminal or many. – quack quixote Jun 16 '10 at 23:17

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