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

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How to colorize “root” in red in CentOS?

This is the content of /etc/bashrc, I would like to modify it for show "root" as red but don't know where to add the color code. # /etc/bashrc # System wide functions and aliases # Environment stuff ...
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Solarized colors in st (simple terminal)

I want to use st with solarized colors like I can with urxvt (of course this is done via .Xresources, in st the colors are defined in a header file). I've tried to put the colors in st's config file ...
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OS X: Can `ls` show broken symlinks?

When in Linux, I enjoy having \ls -l --color=auto show broken symlinks with red text for the name of the symlink and blinking text for the missing linkee. But in OS X, \ls -lG (the closest thing I ...
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Yellow appears as brown in konsole

For some reason, the yellow color color (ANSI Esc. code 33), appears for normal fonts as orange/brownish in my terminal (yakuake, konsole). For example, the command echo -e "\\033[33mhello ...
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Defining color codes in rxvt-unicode

Using some of node.js tools like mocha in my urxvt terminal, I have some problems with coloured output. Some of the text that are using colour code 90 as you can see here will be disappeared in ...
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Customizing less colors

When using less in OS X, how can I customize the colors with with things are displayed? When I run less within an ansi-term in Emacs the colors don't come out nicely. $ less --version less 418 ...
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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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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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customise ls color for directories contain specified file/s

How can I colorize directories contain files with word INCORRECT inside? Example: I have 3 directories which contain log file. dir_a/log dir_b/log dir_c/log The file log in dir_c contain word ...
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Color script output only when invoked from interactive shell

I made a bash script producing colored output. The colors are fine when the script is called from an interactive shell. However, if the output is processed in another script, or passed through a pipe, ...
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Small script for updating GNOME Terminal 3.14.2 colours

Background With previous GNOME Terminal releases updating the colour scheme was a breeze. Just 5 lines of code were enough to do the trick. gconftool-2 -s -t bool ...
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How to change a font/background color in transparent windows?

When you select something, the color of the selection usually changes to the font color, and the font color is being set to backgroud color. So, if you have a black background in a terminal, and the ...
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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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ls | grep works doesn't work with ls --color

I'm trying to list all hidden dirs with the following command ls -lhAF1 | grep -E '^d.*[0-9]{2}:[0-9]{2} \.' which works perfectly fine Explanation for Regex: I'm trying to get all rows that ...
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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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How to change the background color of curses applications?

I hate that blue background which is everywhere in ncurses applications like: irssi, mc, tig, … I want to change that color, how can I do it? I know that midnight commander has themes, but what about ...
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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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A more readable ps

Are there any tools that improve the readability of ps in the same spirit as ack for grep? This would be especially on OS X where ps does not even have options such as --sort user. So far the nicest ...
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Change PS1 color when connected to other host via SSH

I'm trying to change PS1 look based on what host I'm connected in using SSH. My current PS1: PS1='\[\e[1;32m\]\u@\h\[\e[1;34m\] \w\[\e[1;31m\]$(__git_ps1)\[\e[1;0;37m\] \$\[\e[0m\] ' For host host1 ...
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256 Colors in xterm and tmux [in FreeBSD 10]

So these past few days I am working to make Xterm and tmux show all the 256 colors available in them by default. I reach these conclusions: for tmux to show 256 colors you have to make xterm to ...
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How to force lp from CUPS to print in grayscale?

I want to print an image from a command line: lp -o scaling=//100// image.jpg How can I force it to be printed in grayscale?
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Why the differences in color between SSH terminal sessions in OSX?

I'm trying to get the colors in an SSH terminal session with a CentOS machine to look the same as it does when I'm SSH'd into my Ubuntu server. If I run echo $TERM in both I get xterm-color as ...
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How do you display xterm colors with putty/bash?

Putty has this "allow terminal use xterm 256 colour mode" that I'd like to use, but I don't know how. I've been using a color.sh script to output echo statements and commands with colors, and I want ...
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Clear to end of line uses the wrong background color in screen

In ZSH prompt expansion, the command %E is supposed to "Clear to end of line." This works. We see it in the grey bar going all the way across. However, if I call "screen", the %E stops working: ...
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No colour in MOTD

I recently bought a Raspberry Pi, and have started playing around with it. After changing my MOTD, (to include colours), the colour codes are coming up as raw-text instead of executing. I am ...
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Printing filled shapes in terminal

I'd like to print some shapes filled with the current color or a selected one (e.g. \e[31m) My aim is to print a filled circle (letter o) on the screen but the background will stay as it is. finally ...
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How to change variable color in vim solarized theme?

I have just installed solarized theme for vim from https://github.com/altercation/vim-colors-solarized But the problem for me is that the background stays black and I have the variable names in ...
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Is there a way of color-highlighting paired brackets in shell (bash)?

Does anyone know if there is a way reproducing the same behaviour many text editors provide for colour-highlighting the syntax operators such as brackets or curly brackets. It would be very useful for ...
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How to capture text formatting in bash?

The following shell script works but removes colored formatting generated by rspec: #!/bin/bash OUTPUT=`rspec` echo "$OUTPUT" How to preserve the colors?
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Terminal does not source .zshrc with custom colors for ls and cd command

I customized the directory and file colors for ls and cd + TAB. Here is my configuration. My configuration My system environment. Ubuntu 10.10 zsh 4.3.10 (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu) oh-my-zsh // ...
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tools for coloring command line output of “dict”?

is there an existing solution somewhere to color the output of dict to improve its readability? I know i could manually color the output using tput, but i hope for a better solution. (i don't want ...
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Is there a way to colourize the output of a command without using bashrc/bash_profile?

I have made a program where I can read several logs from different programs, I want to colourize certain terms in the output , so I can find the more interesting parts. (I will not use grep or ...
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Set default color for top

How do you set the default color for top? Right now there is a red that I can barely read. You can toggle from mono to color with z or set it up more thoroughly with Z. But none of those settings ...
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Format terminal output to show apt-get upgrade errors in RED

I have a very simple bash script written for my Kali Linux distro so I don't have to run apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, apt-get dist-upgrade, apt-get autoclean, and apt-get autoremove every time I ...
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vim: Use different colorscheme when connected over SSH

On my desktop I use the hbrid color scheme in vim, with the preferred colors set for my consoles 16-color palette (as described in the README). However, on my laptop, I use the solarized color ...
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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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How do I change the colour of all lines to red begining with a % symbol?

When I use sed -i "s,.*%.*,$(tput setaf 1)&$(tput sgr0),g" A.log the whole line vanishes and when I use sed -i "s,^%.*,$(tput setaf 1)&$(tput sgr0),g" A.log only the first character(%) ...
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Setting up LS colors with a human-readable script in tcsh

I have a shell script (set_up_my_ls_colors.sh) that, if I call from my shell, it configures my color scheme for ls. The nice thing about the script is that it allows me to configure colors in a ...
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Coloring line numbers in less?

Please consider the following example: $ grep --color=always -n 'Format\|Files' /usr/share/doc-base/doc-base | less -R Here, grep will color also the line numbers of the matches, and less will ...
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make ls gray out files that end with tilde (`~`) using `LS_COLOR`

Problem: I am trying to modify LS_COLORS to gray out all files ending with the tilde character. Question: Can anybody spot my mistake? Here is what I did: # write dircolors file: dircolors -p > ...
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256 colors in console (tty)

Suppose, I have a system without X server. I can only log in from the console. It seems, by default linux console supports only 8 colors: # tput colors 8 Is it possible to use 256 colors in the ...
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What are some methods I can use to create colorful MOTD messages when logging in?

From time to time I've come across colorful ASCII art styled messages when logging into a server. How are these messages constructed?
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Automatically colorize the output of tree

In plain zsh, tree is set similar to --color=auto by default. However, when I use Oh-My-Zsh, tree doesn't show colors. Since tree does not have a --color=auto option, how can I override the setting ...
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Diff tool with nice output like kdiff3

I like kdiff3 very much due to the way it displays the result. It can compare more than two versions of a file or directory and displays the differences in columns: For directories, it displays ...
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Is it possible to make VIM emphasize found text?

As vim wiki's stated we can look up strings by using *. But by default, looked up string is not being emphasized. Is it possible to configure vim that the strings will be emphasized when looked up ...
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Is there some built-in (bash/gentoo) function to provide well-readable output to the user?

I am using the following simple function to provide some well readable output to the user. Now I am wondering if there is some kind of (gentoo-/bash-) built-in function to accomplish this task, as ...
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Non-printing escape sequence: when?

Recently, I have been playing around a lot with color in the terminal and, therefore, with escape sequences, too. I've read the relevant parts of the Bash manpage along with numerous helpful pages on ...
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Manipulate color in VIM

In hlsearch mode, seems that you can set only one color. Now I want to use a script to get multiple colors for multiple keywords, is that possible?
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How to copy the output of pacman-color into a file and to display the output with the colors in the terminal

Originally I used pacman, not pacman-color and I copied the output into a file and I displayed the output in the terminal with the following command : pacman -Syu | tee file.log Unfortunately, it ...
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Solarized color definitions in vimrc file

The solarized theme defines some base colors and assigns those to variables, as seen here. I would like to know how I can use these color definitions in my .vimrc file. Currently, I use pathogen to ...