To change the default console font, type:
at the text console and then if you are happy with the size of that font, then type:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
and set the same font there as you selected before, and then the initial ram disk will be rebuilt for the running kernel so that the settings you selected will be saved for the next boot. To get a blinking block cursor at the text console, type this command:
echo -e '\033[?6c'
If you are using the text console a lot you could put this into your .bashrc and it would be executed every time you log in.
If you are wanting to know how much disk space is remaining on your hard drives then type this command:
This will give you this output.
15:25:30-*-homer@homer-H55-USB3 ~$ df -Hla Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sdb1 259G 3.8G 242G 2% / proc 0 0 0 - /proc none 0 0 0 - /sys fusectl 0 0 0 - /sys/fs/fuse/connections none 0 0 0 - /sys/kernel/debug none 0 0 0 - /sys/kernel/security none 907M 816k 906M 1% /dev none 0 0 0 - /dev/pts none 918M 2.7M 915M 1% /dev/shm none 918M 361k 918M 1% /var/run none 918M 0 918M 0% /var/lock /dev/sdb3 124G 62G 56G 53% /home binfmt_misc 0 0 0 - /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc gvfs-fuse-daemon 0 0 0 - /home/homer/.gvfs /dev/sdc2 249G 82G 168G 33% /media/MoreMedia /dev/sdc1 252G 6.9G 245G 3% /media/Media /dev/sda2 160G 48G 113G 30% /media/FADC6329DC62DF7F /dev/sdb2 105G 269M 99G 1% /media/d25abd93-e974-45c1-8038-a81b4fd9d297
And to find out how many users are logged into your machine, type this and see:
This will give you this resulting output.
15:28:57-*-homer@homer-H55-USB3 ~$ finger -lmps Login: homer Name: Heathcliffe Directory: /home/homer Shell: /bin/bash On since Fri Jun 10 15:06 (EST) on tty7 from :0 28 minutes 51 seconds idle On since Fri Jun 10 15:07 (EST) on pts/0 from :0.0 No mail.
Using these commands will help keep track of what is happening on your Linux system and monitor your disk space usage as well which is very good if you are storing heaps of media files on your computer like I do. I have gigabytes of music and a few movies on my computer and I am always careful to keep a lot of disk space free.