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

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How do I preserve coloured output when piping to `less -R`?

$ ffmpeg -v debug ... Coloured output. $ ffmpeg -v debug ... |& less -R Dull output. How do I make the output coloured while piping it to something?
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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 do I store colored text in a variable and print it with color later?

If I do git status --short, git lists files that are not tracked with two red question marks in front: I'm trying to store this in a variable and print it with color later. Here's my bash script: ...
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How would I add a prefix to input I receive from a pipe via awk and color the prefix conditionally?

Is there a way to add a prefix to lines received (and filtered) via awk - yes I know that's possible so far - and then conditionally (e.g. based on the existence of the $PS1 variable of the ...
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How can I keep color codes with grep input?

It I grep something twice: ... | grep foo | grep bar It seems foo is not highlighted. Infact, it seems grep removes colorcodes from its input; Any way to prevent this?
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How do I extract the colours from a PDF?

I have a PDF and I want to verify the colours being used (check that they match our corporate colour scheme for instance). Specifically, I want to check that the correct CMYK colours are being used. ...
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Coloring output of forked processes

I have a runscript that starts some processes and sends them to the background mongod & pid_mongo=$! redis-server & pid_redis=$! # etc. All these processes then output concurrently to ...
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Configure MC and aptitude color schemes

I'm using Ubuntu, and I'm having trouble reading text in MC and Aptitude because of the color scheme. Is there any way to change it?
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GNU screen color and pine

I use GNU screen to run pine mail reader. I use external aspell to do spellchecking for the e-mails I sent. The problem is that when aspell finishes, pine restores the old content of the terminal, but ...
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Is it possible to use named colors in Zsh beyond ANSI names?

I know there are ways to use ANSI color names in Zsh (such as red), but Zsh supports 256 colors by number. I'm curious if there's any way to refer to the non-ANSI colors by a name? (Without just ...
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how to make XTerm never use bold characters?

I am trying to make XTerm to never use a bold font, and nothing seems to work. I put settings in ~/.Xresources and then run xrdb ~/.Xresources and then start a new XTerm. This is what I try: ...
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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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How to colourise hidden files in `ls` file listings?

LS_COLORS environmental variable lets you decide on colours for different file types for ls command, such as, directories, regular files, links etc. I suppose that dot files are considered a variation ...
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Prevent watch breaking colors

I'm altering scripts at work that monitor log files to single out certain items and colorize them. The final output is a list of 6-digit numbers in several columns. I've been able to add a ~ to the ...
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cascaded grep matches color code as pattern

I am piping output of one grep comand into another grep. The first grep is using --color=always, so that the first match is colored. In practice, that means that the match is enclosed between two ...
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How do you colorize only some keywords for a bash script?

I am running some unit test code. The unit test code outputs regular text. There is a lot of the text so I want to highlight for the user important keywords. In this case the keywords are "PASS" and ...
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How can I get less or cat to use color in the output from .cat of my .bashrc, similar to vi 'ing it?

When I vi my .bashrc file it is colorized, i.e. but when I cat or less the file I get all white, i.e. How can I get cat (and less) to have color? cat does have color for my ruby .rb files but ...
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Colored text set up with PS1 and colored output from commands mess each other up

I have PS1 that ends with an opening color sequence (like \[\e[0;32m\]) to have all text in the terminal colored (green in this case). However, when I use a command such as ls (which is aliased to ls ...
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Is there a way to temporarily change the terminal colour?

I use the gnome-terminal and most of my editors with a white on black theme as I find its easier on the eyes. One of my labs requires screenshots of the terminal (with the process) to be submitted ...
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Sorting strings with ANSI escape codes

I am trying to print a sorted list of all zsh options, with set options colored green and unset options colored red. I cannot get sort to work properly with on the colored lines though.The below ...
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Fine-tune LS_COLORS for directory suffixes?

I’m fine customizing most settings in LS_COLORS. I don’t need help customizing the colors for different file suffixes. What I would like to do is configure special colors for certain directories, ...
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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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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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Pass colors from ls through pipe to awk 'print' statement

This is a follow-up to my question from yesterday, Show sum of file sizes in directory listing. Thanks to Zero Piraeus and a point in the right direction by Mauritz Hansen, I now have function ...
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What's the problem with terminals vs colors?

I'm a long time linux/unix user, as almost anyone working with this kind of OSs I use the terminal or a terminal emulator a lot, but I never understood why it's so hard for any GNU/Linux distribution ...
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How do I change my monitor's gamma settings?

How do I change my laptop monitor's gamma settings on Linux Mint 9 (preferably using a GUI interface)?
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Set ls color listings based on regex instead of globbing

Is it possible to set regex patterns for color matching in the LS_COLORS variable? So instead of just *.jpg=38;5;220 Can I do \.(jpg|gif)=38;5;220 That's just an example, I'd like to get more ...
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How to change font colors in terminal?

I know how to change the font color via preferences, but it changes the color of ALL text, as in below:     What I'm going for is something more like this:     Any ...
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Is there a Vim syntax file for ANSI-colored output of CLI apps?

I have quite a lot of Perl scripts which print colored output to the terminal, using Term::ANSIColor. This is the same as when a shell script does e.g. echo -e '\e[1;31mError:\e[0m Your fault.' ...
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Overriding the shade of color displayed

I have to work on systems which display some colors that are hard to read. I ssh into these systems, but don't have management permission to change the colors they display. Is there any way I can ...
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Make terminal text color different when in ssh session

Is there a way to make my terminal (konsole) display different text colors when I'm in an ssh session WITHOUT modifying the remote host's color configuration? Like, maybe automatically switching to a ...
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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 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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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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Xresources color settings

I'm using Gentoo with XMonad and set all the colors in .Xresources file. The problem is that for some apps setting *.background and *.foreground is not enough since they override the settings for some ...
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No syntax coloring in vim for me, but ok for my students

My students get syntax coloring in vim, but I don't! Even when I "syntax on" as a command syntax on or put it in my .vimrc and/or .exrc. The terminal is xterm. I am missing something in vim or is ...
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How can I search for and highlight multiple strings in VIM?

In VIM, how can I search for multiple strings and have a different color highlight for each match?
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Make `most` pager properly handle colours from standard‑input

How do I make the most pager properly display colours in text received from standard‑input? Note: I'm not sure whether or not it's a bug in most. I am not encountering the same issue with less and ...
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Strip color on OS X with BSD sed (or any other tool)

I'm on OS X, which has a BSD version of sed (which I'm guessing is inferior to a GNU version on Linux), and all the techniques for removing color on commandlinefu.com did not work. I tried replacing ...
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Set tmux status line color based on hostname

I'd like tmux to pick a color dynamically based on the hostname of the machine. Since I share my tmux.conf across several machines, assigning an unique color for each of those hosts would be handy ...
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A shell tool to “tablify” input data containing ANSI escape codes

I have input containing ANSI color codes that I'd like to tablify. I want the output to remain colored, so the tablified output should maintain the ANSI color codes. Hence, naively stripping them away ...
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Coloring shell command and output differrently [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Customizing bash shell: Bold/color the command bash $ cat what-i-want "I want the output be in a different color." I'd like my commands stand out among the output, ...
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how to edit and color bash's tab completion list

Following is what i would like to have. When the tab completion is ambiguous, and bash prints the list of possibilities. I would like it to colour the next character I should press inside every word ...
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Unix Shell and colours

Can any one please help me understand this code snippet that I found in .profile file echo -en "\e[32;44m $(hostname) \e[m";echo -e "\e[m"
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How can I make source-highlight colorize .dotfiles by default?

Normally when I cat a file like this it's hard to read without colorizing. I've managed to get cat to use source-highlight like this: cdc() { for fn in "$@"; do source-highlight ...
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Delete duplicate images. Need Software for computing average color of an image

I want to delete duplicates in a massive bunch of images. Well as I have dups of the same picture in a different resolution I will make the deletion myself. BUT I want to do this in linear time. So I ...
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256 color in real console

I have in my .bashrc export TERM=xterm-256color but this cause blinking all colored text (ls --color, in vim etc.) in real console (CTRL + ALT + F1) . So is there any possibility to recognize in ...
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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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How to prevent a Qt/GTK app (Calibre) from using colors defined in .Xresources?

I have colors defined in .Xresources. They look lovely on urxvt, and utterly ghastly on Calibre. Calibre does not appear to have any way to disable or override those colors, so is there any way I can ...
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terminal color theory

TLDR: What is the theory behind terminal colors? I have a fixed value of LS_COLORS in numbers: ...