savetextmode(1)        Svgalib User Manual        savetextmode(1)

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


       These are simple scripts to save the SVGA  register  state
       when  in  textmode  to the files /var/lib/svgalib/fontdata
       and /var/lib/svgalib/textregs or to restore it from  these

       The  actual  utilities  used  are restorefont(1), restore-
       textmode(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 prob-
       lems. 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 what-
       ever 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 any-
       thing 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 under-


       svgalib(7), vgagl(7), libvga(5), dumpreg(1),  conv-
       font(1), fix132x43(1), restorefont(1), restoretextmode(1),
       restorepalette(1), runx(1), setmclk(1),

       This manual page was edited by Michael Weller <eowmob@exp->.  The  exact  source  of the referenced
       utility as  well  as  of  the  original  documentation  is

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

       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                          1