It is possible to use colors on the Unix command-line interface.

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set tab color in a tabbed terminal emulator

I would like to set in my terminal emulator (i.e. gnome-terminal) the color of the tabs like in the osx's terminal emulator. Is there this feature in any of the linux terminal emulator plethora? ...
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Using empty line as context “group-separator” for grep

I need grep output with context, in color, and blank lines as group separator. In this question, I learned how to define custom group-separator, and I have constructed my grep command like this: grep ...
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colorize bash_completion

When I type grep and then press TAB twice, bash_completion will list files and directories in current directory. It will also complete filenames when I type initial letter. That is all very nice, the ...
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Why does the Linux virtual terminal support only 16 colors, by default?

Why does the Linux virtual terminal support only 16 colors, by default? Is there a particular reason for this?
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Linux TTY Colours

I've had this issue for a little while now on a few machines, but never thought to ask anyone. Upon installing a new laptop the other day, and using the virtual terminal for a bit, I noticed that ...
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Preserving color output with cut

Using bash interactively I am trying to use cut to prevent the lines from going longer than my terminal width. But when using a command with colorized output all the color gets removed by cut. For ...
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Non-printable-ASCII characters in sshd banner

It's possible to configure a banner for sshd that is to be displayed as a connection is opened, via Banner /etc/motd.ssh in sshd_config. Note that this is displayed before the authentication occurs, ...
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How to highlight logs with bash coloring on vim?

I have some nicely colored logs from some tools with bash color codes. When I view them through less or similar tools it get color rendered by bash (obviously). However it is pain to watch and edit ...
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Documentation on LESS_TERMCAP_* variables?

I see these pretty colors in manpages viewed with less when setting a bunch of these variables. What do they mean, where is the documentation? Is this interpreted by less or termcap? screenshot
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How to change background and text colors in Yakuake?

I like Yakuake, but I don't like the grey background color. I want to change the background and text colors of the Yakuake terminal. I checked the options, but the background color option is only ...
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tmux copy mode search highlight

Is there any way to highlight the searched term in tmux copy mode? Below is my tmux config: # remap prefix to Control + a set -g prefix C-a unbind C-b bind C-a send-prefix bind a send-prefix # ...
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Unable to change xterm colors from .Xresources

I'm configuring the look of xterm modifying the .Xresources but I'm having some trouble changing the colors. I tried with XTerm*vt100.background: #000000 XTerm*vt100.foreground: ...
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How to turn off color with `ls`?

It is normally nice to have color output from ls, grep, etc. But when you don't want it, is there a switch that can turn it off? ls -G turns it on (with BSD-derived versions of ls) if it's not the ...
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Use a custom colourscheme in Vim

I have customized a color profile for Vim (toto.vim) in the colors folder at : /usr/share/vim/vim74/colors Now, to use it, I am obliged to call it each time I start vim, using the command : ...
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How can I list the available color names?

I'm trying to add some color to my git configuration and I want to know what color names are available on the terminal. I only want to use colors by name so it's easier for others to understand I ...
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Can the empty spaces/background in a terminal be replaced with a random(but pretty) pattern of ASCII characters?

Context and Question There are many ways to colorize the terminal and shell environment. The output of individual commands, such as ls and grep, can also be colorized. Not directly related but ...
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How to show console color in Emacs shell

When I run a command by smart-compile, I get string like this. [32mYour bundle is complete![0m [32mIt was installed into ./vendor/bundle[0m I think [32m and [0m represent color in console. Is ...
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Command working from CLI but not from script

I have a command that I use from the CLI to properly color files, folders, executables, etc. The command that I'm executing looks like this: test -r ~/.dircolors && eval "$(dircolors -b ...
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Echo/Printing text in the color of a given hex code (regardless of Xresources/Xdefaults)

is there any way to echo/print text in the color of a given hex code (#000000, #FFFFFF, etc.) regardless of one's own Xresources/Xdefaults color definitions? Like, if Bob had in his ...
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Screen caption custom colors

I am having trouble customizing the color of my caption in screen. I can use the 8 standard colors supported (as well as their brighter versions), but I am unable to define a custom color. The docs ...
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Capture colors with tmux buffer copy (hardcopy)

I am using the following line in tmux for getting a "hardcopy" feature like in GNU Screen: bind H capture-pane \; save-buffer -b 0 ~/tmux.hardcopy \; delete-buffer -b 0 However, the ANSI colors are ...
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bold text when using 256 colors

I am configuring colors in Mutt, but I think my problem is general to linux terminal. For the 16 predefined colors (such as red) I can make it bold, by specifying brightred However, when using 256 ...
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How can I tell echo/printf in Bash to swallow escape codes, based on a condition?

I have a Bash script that is being run interactively and as a cron job. When run interactively it outputs colored text on the terminal. However, when run in cron it doesn't have a terminal and ...
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How can I colorize head, tail and less, same as I've done with cat?

I've got 'color cat' working nicely, thanks to others (see How can i colorize cat output including unknown filetypes in b&w?). In my .bashrc: cdc() { for fn in "$@"; do source-highlight ...
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How can i colorize cat output including unknown filetypes in b&w?

I like the colors I have in vim. Can I get my output similarly colorized when I do a cat? I like that I can use the colorize tool as in Colorized `cat` for source and script files?. I would like that ...
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How to set light colors instead of bold in PS (shell prompt)

I have an Archlinux installed on headless RaspberryPi. I'm using SSH to connect to it. I've added some colors to bash with editing sudo nano /home/pi/.bashrc and adding: ...
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dircolors: rules for _ext (rather than .ext)

In UNIX, many file extensions do not contain the dot in front, as in bashrc rather than bash.rc or ssh_config rather than ssh.config I would like to add dircolor rules for _config as well. However, ...
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What causes this green background in ls output?

There are two directories shown by 'ls'. Normally directories anywhere are blue on black background. But the first one is blue on green and impossible to read. Why is this? How to make it blue ...
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dircolors: modify color settings globaly

I understand ls uses dircolors to display colored output. dircolors has default database of colors associated with file extensions, which can be printed wiht the command dircolors --print-database ...
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mc: customizig colors with skins

I am editing the default skin for midnight commander and I would like to add some more rules for file highlighting. In the filehighlight section, there are several categories, for example archive=red; ...
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mc: edit skin color

I am trying to edit color skins for midnight commander. When using 256 color palette, the colors are called color1 to color255. I am looking for particular tone of blue. Is there a palette of all 256 ...
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bash PS1 256 colors with bold

I want to list all colors that I can use in bash console. And after it I want to set my prompt to be bold and orange like color. I'm using this to do listing color codes for me: for code in {0..255}; ...
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“Friendly” terminal color names in shell scripts?

I'm aware of libraries in languages such as Ruby and Javascript to make colorizing your terminal scripts easier by using color names like "red". But is there something like this for shell scripts in ...
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How to get 256 color support in a login shell TTY? [duplicate]

I want to experiment with a fully text-based environment, however, the only thing that is stopping me - is getting 256 colors so my Vim color schemes could work perfectly. When I enter a TTY by ...
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Program similar to xcalib to invert desktop colors

I'm using xcalib to invert colors on my computer at home. I have two monitors at work, and unfortunately the xcalib -i -a inverts only one of them (the one I don't want to invert). I haven't found any ...
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How to change color of a character while tailing and tr

I regularly use this command line but I would like to change the color of the "|" to green in the output. Does anyone know how I can accomplish this? tail -f file.log | tr '\001' '|' | grep TEST
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vim - better colors so comments aren't dark blue?

Mostly I edit ruby files, although shell script file comments are also # Currently my comments show as dark blue on black which is really hard to read. See screenshot. How can I change their color? ...
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Color scheme is lost on shell change

My default login shell is ksh which shows my default color scheme which i set via putty. But when i change my shell to bash my color scheme is lost. Is there a way to retain the color scheme? EDIT: ...
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Emacs Key-binding and the TERM variable

I changed the value of TERM to screen-256color from xterm and it effects the key-bindings in Emacs. Mainly the bindings that use the arrow keys now inserts A,B,C,D instead of running backward-word and ...
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Getting unexpected colorized output on several commands

I just added this to my .bashrc to get colorized output with less: # Colorize less man pages. export LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\e[01;34m' export LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\e[01;33m' export ...
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Why doesn't terminal show color schema once logged as root?

I'm currently using Debian 7 Wheezy, and I've noticed that the colors palette on terminal (which might be useful to identify among a large set of files and folders) are not enabled once I log as root. ...
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How to change colors of all running urxvt instances?

I'm used to black background and light green text when working on my urxvt terminals. But sometimes, when I take my laptop outside, it becomes hard to read and I'd like to change the colors of all my ...
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How to disable flashing file names in rlogin

I have a strange problem with my rhel 6.4 system. If I do a rlogin to any of my machines, all the files in the remore machine will be flashing and it is so annoying. Can somebody please tell me how ...
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Visualizing ansi color escape codes in log files correctly in Emacs [duplicate]

I have some log files that have ansi-color codes in them. When I open them in Emacs I see garbage:           As an example, I run the following: ls --color=yes -ald -- * ...
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Linux VT Emacs in tmux, breaks color and cursor

TERM is set to screen. I tried with screen-256color, but then the colors went really nuts. I also tried xterm, linux, and some others (that I could think of, not really thinking) but screen is the ...
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Change the color of tcsh output for any command

I want a different color for terminal returns: Example: $ pwd //when return key is hit $ /home/user/tools //return value printed in different color, say: grey color This ...
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How can I reproduce solarized theme colors with xcalib for reading pdf's

How can I reproduce solarized theme colors with xcalib for reading pdf's? I want to use xcalib such that I can read (black and white) pdf's with evince such that the background is like that one I am ...
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How can I print text using any one of the 256 colors that the terminal allows?

I would like to write a program that utilizes all 256 of the Linux terminal's text colors. To date, however, I have only found a handful of color codes, which are in the format ...
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Convert PDF from sRGB color space to CMYK

Does anyone know how I can convert a PDF (or EPS) file from sRGB color space to CMYK color space? My workflow is currently the following: Draw an image with Powerpoint Print via postscript printer ...
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bash: colorize second column of output

let's say, I have following output from ls: $ ls -lAhF /bin -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 905K Apr 10 2010 bash* -rwxr-xr-x 3 root root 31K Dec 26 2011 bunzip2* -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 505K Nov 15 2010 ...