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savetextmode(1)               Svgalib User Manual              savetextmode(1)

NAME
       savetextmode, textmode - save or restore the complete SVGA status for
       textmode.

SYNOPSIS
       savetextmode
       textmode

DESCRIPTION
       These are simple scripts to save the SVGA register state when in
       textmode to the files /tmp/fontdata and /tmp/textregs or to restore it
       from these files.

       The actual utilities used are restorefont(1), restoretextmode(1), and
       restorepalette(1).

       The purpose of these scripts program is usually to recover from a
       crashed console due to an svgalib, Xfree or other program bug.

       You do this by being a smart guy and running savetextmode right after
       booting of your machine, prior to any problems. Then, in case the SVGA
       state is hosed and you sit in front of a blank or useless console,
       change VC (maybe login) to get to a shell. Or exist the currently
       running program with <Ctrl>-C,  <Ctrl>-<Alt>-<Backspace>, or whatever
       applies. Once you got a shell, run textmode and it will hopefully
       render your console useable again.

       To make it clear: You do all this while not seeing anything on your
       console screen, you enter this information blindly or after logging in
       from a network. Also, if the keyboard is left in raw mode, nothing can
       really help you as you cannot enter anything which a shell will
       understand.

FILES
       /tmp/fontdata
       /tmp/textregs

SEE ALSO
       svgalib(7), vgagl(7), libvga.config(5), dumpreg(1), convfont(1),
       fix132x43(1), restorefont(1), restoretextmode(1), restorepalette(1),
       runx(1), setmclk(1),

AUTHOR
       This manual page was edited by Michael Weller <[email protected]
       essen.de>. The exact source of the referenced utility as well as of the
       original documentation is unknown.

       It is very likely that both are at least to some extent are due to Harm
       Hanemaayer <[email protected]>.

       Occasionally this might be wrong. I hereby asked to be excused by the
       original author and will happily accept any additions or corrections to
       this first version of the svgalib manual.

Svgalib (>= 1.2.11)               2 Aug 1997                   savetextmode(1)
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