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<filename>.pfm</filename>
The printer font metrics associated with a type 1 font.
<filename>.ttf</filename>
A <trademark class="registered">TrueType</trademark> font
<filename>.fot</filename>
An indirect reference to a TrueType font (not an actual font)
<filename>.fon</filename>, <filename>.fnt</filename>
Bitmapped screen fonts
The <filename>.fot</filename> is used by <trademark class="registered">Windows</trademark> as sort of a symbolic link to the actual <trademark class="registered">TrueType</trademark> font (<filename>.ttf</filename>) file. The <filename>.fon</filename> font files are also used by Windows. I know of no way to use this font format with FreeBSD.
What Font Formats Can I Use?
Which font file format is useful depends on the application being used. FreeBSD by itself uses no fonts. Application programs and/or drivers may make use of the font files. Here is a small cross reference of application/driver to the font type suffixes:
Driver
vt
<filename>.hex</filename>
syscons
<filename>.fnt</filename>
Application
<application>Ghostscript</application>
<filename>.pfa</filename>, <filename>.pfb</filename>, <filename>.ttf</filename>
<application>X11</application>
<application>Groff</application>
<filename>.pfa</filename>, <filename>.afm</filename>
<application>Povray</application>
The <filename>.fnt</filename> suffix is used quite frequently. I suspect that whenever someone wanted to create a specialized font file for their application, more often than not they chose this suffix. Therefore, it is likely that files with this suffix are not all the same format; specifically, the <filename>.fnt</filename> files used by syscons under FreeBSD may not be the same format as a <filename>.fnt</filename> one encounters in the <trademark class="registered">MS-DOS</trademark>/<trademark class="registered">Windows</trademark> environment. I have not made any attempt at using other <filename>.fnt</filename> files other than those provided with FreeBSD.
Setting a Virtual Console to 80x60 Line Mode
First, an 8x8 font must be loaded. To do this, <filename>/etc/rc.conf</filename> should contain the line (change the font name to an appropriate one for your locale):
font8x8="iso-8x8" # font 8x8 from /usr/share/syscons/fonts/* (or NO).
The command to actually switch the mode is <citerefentry><refentrytitle>vidcontrol</refentrytitle><manvolnum>1</manvolnum></citerefentry>:
<prompt>%</prompt> <userinput>vidcontrol VGA_80x60</userinput>
Various screen-oriented programs, such as <citerefentry><refentrytitle>vi</refentrytitle><manvolnum>1</manvolnum></citerefentry>, must be able to determine the current screen dimensions. As this is achieved this through <command>ioctl</command> calls to the console driver (such as <citerefentry><refentrytitle>syscons</refentrytitle><manvolnum>4</manvolnum></citerefentry>) they will correctly determine the new screen dimensions.
To make this more seamless, one can embed these commands in the startup scripts so it takes place when the system boots. To do this is add this line to <filename>/etc/rc.conf</filename>.

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(itstool) path: listitem/para
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articles/fonts.pot, string 39