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savetextmode(1)		      Svgalib User Manual	       savetextmode(1)

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


       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

       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 run‐
       ning  program  with  <Ctrl>-C,  <Ctrl>-<Alt>-<Backspace>,  or  whatever
       applies.	 Once you got a shell, run textmode and it will hopefully ren‐
       der 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 under‐


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

       This manual page was edited  by	Michael	 Weller	 <eowmob@exp-math.uni->. 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 <>.

       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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