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Commands Reference, Volume 1

chfont Command


Changes the default font selected at boot time.


chfont [ FontID ]


The chfont command changes the font used by a display at system restart.

To see a list of available fonts with their respective font ids, font names, the glyph size and the font encoding, see the lsfont command. For an example of the listing displayed, see the lsfont command example listing.

You must have root authority to run this command.

Note: This command can be used only on an LFT (Low Function Terminal).

You can use the Devices application in Web-based System Manager (wsm) to change device characteristics. You could also use the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) smit chfont fast path to run this command.


FontID The font id of the new font.


To change the font used by this display to the third font in the font palette, enter:

chfont 2


/bin/chfont Contains the chfont command.
/usr/lpp/fonts Contains the font directory.

Related Information

The lsfont command, mkfont command.

For information on installing the Web-based System Manager, see Chapter 2: Installation and System Requirements in AIX 5L Version 5.2 Web-based System Manager Administration Guide.

LFT Subsystem Component Structure Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.2 Kernel Extensions and Device Support Programming Concepts.

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