TTY Scrollback Buffer Size

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To increase the amount of scrollback on a TTY Console you can append the fbcon=scrollback:Nk option to the kernel boot arguments, for example in /boot/efi/EFI/refind/refind.conf

menuentry Debian {
	 icon EFI/refind/icons/os_debian.icns
	 loader /EFI/debian/vmlinuz
	 initrd /EFI/debian/initrd.img
	 options "ro quiet root=/dev/mapper/vgtWyRt3-root fbcon=scrollback:1024k"

Or an example using efibootmgr...

efibootmgr -c -p 2 -g -L "Debian (EFI stub)" -l '\EFI\debian\vmlinuz' -u root=/dev/mapper/vgtWyRt3-root ro quiet fbcon=scrollback:1024k rootfstype=ext4 add_efi_memmap initrd=\\EFI\\debian\\initrd.img

Or in Grub for example edit /etc/default/grub and append it to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= option.

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet fbcon=scrollback:1024k"

the default is 32K, using 1024k will give you about 128 half pages of scrollback.


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