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How can I change Linux's console text resolution without rebooting?

A program that does that is SVGATextMode. You can change the resolution to 80 columns by 50 lines (with an 8 pixel-wide font) using:

$ /usr/sbin/SVGATextMode 80x50x8
Last updated on 2001-09-11 14:00:00 -0700, by Shalom Craimer

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