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

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Testing LS_COLORS in zsh

A few years ago I found an interesting code snippet that prints each type of file in its corresponding color according to the colors set up in LS_COLORS. Unfortunately, I can't remember the link ...
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Invert colours on Dual-Screen / Dual-Monitor setup?

In order to invert colours on monitor, I invoke: xcalib -invert -alter The problem is, that on Dual-Monitor setup it inverts colors only on first screen. I can not use Compitz gadgets for color ...
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Invert colors of the active window

Sometimes I work in low light and I need to invert the color of specific windows to reduce my eye strain. This could be my pdf viewer to web pages for reference work. I know how to invert the entire ...
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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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Understanding colors in zsh

In this thread, yoda suggests the following solution for using colors in zsh #load colors autoload colors && colors for COLOR in RED GREEN YELLOW BLUE MAGENTA CYAN BLACK WHITE; do eval ...
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How to colorize text in emacs?

I want to view (and/or edit) colorized text in emacs, such as is output by ls -l --color=always, tree..., or whatever. The text I refer to exists in a file. When I open that file in emacs, I want to ...
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Can less retain colored output?

Can I get less not to monochrome its output? E.g., the output from git diff is colored, but git diff | less is not.
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How to colorize output of ls ?

I'm running CentOS in Linux text mode. When I run the command ls /usr/, the output is too hard to read (dark blue on black). How can I change the text coloring?
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Setting only of background or text color back to default

Is it possible to only reset the background color or text color back to default (not both!) Example: echo -e "\033[32;41mFoo bar\033[30m baz" # Doesn't reset background color echo -e "\033[32;41mFoo ...
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xterm colors are too bright

I've just started using dwm a couple days ago and I'm using xterm (uxterm) as a terminal emulator. However, I'm noticing that certain applications (like vi/vim, ls, and others) that output in color ...
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How can I simply adjust monitor color temperture in X?

I have a new 27" iMac, on which I run Fedora 15 (with no Apple OS) — just boot straight to Linux. The colors are basically accurate to my eye, but the white point is much higher than I'd like (that ...
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Using dircolors, how do I change the color of my subversion folders

Below is a sample of my dircolors file, I want subversion folders (.svn) to be colored, but i guess the extension section only applies to file names. How do i set colors for directories with ...
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Pipe Python Shell to source-highlight

When I try to make the Python shell get color: python 2>&1 | source-highlight --failsafe -f esc -s python the >>> prompt seems to be always delayed by 1 command. Why is this ...
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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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256 color in Linux console

I have in my .bashrc export TERM=xterm-256color but this cause blinking all colored text (ls --color, in vim etc.) in a Linux console (Ctrl+Alt+F1). So is there any possibility to recognize in ...
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is there a way to set coloring for cd tab complete?

I use ubuntu 11.04. Is there a way to set coloring for output after tab completion listing of a cd, ls, or etc. ? i.e. myshell@root$ cd ~/user/files/ I hit tab... myfile myfoo mybar <-- this ...
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In bash how can I change the color of my command prompt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to customize .bashrc to configure command prompt? When I run a command, I often times have trouble finding the beginning of the command output. An easy fix to this ...
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Removing control chars (including console codes / colours) from script output

I can use the "script" command to record an interactive session at the command line. However, this includes all control characters and colour codes. I can remove control characters (like backspace) ...
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How to disable styling on man pages?

Is there an easy way to turn off all styling on man pages? Colors, bold, italics, everything... If not, what is an uneasy way?
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Dark blue color in vim or ls output in linux

I have a problem with dark-blue color in vim or ls output. Because I'm using black background color, words colored in dark-blue are almost completely invisible. How can I address this problem?
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How to install color schemas for Kate running on GNOME

How do I install schemas(like this one; for syntax highlighting, etc) for Kate (which is originally for KDE) running on GNOME 3? Trying to install with the install.sh script took no effect. Also, if ...
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Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors?

I want to set my terminal up so stderr is printed in a different color than stdout; maybe red. This would make it easier to tell the two apart. Is there a way to configure this in .bashrc? If not, is ...
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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 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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Color calibration on Linux Mint

I'm running Linux Mint 9. I installed Argyll and gnome-color-manager but neither of those have a GUI. I need to configure my monitor colors. Right now the white looks a little yellow etc. and I want ...
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Where do my ANSI escape codes go when I pipe to another process? Can I keep them?

I sometime want to pipe the color-coded output fror a process, eg. grep... but when I pipe it to another process, eg. sed, the color codes are lost... Is the some way to keep thes codes intact ? ...
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Can I highlight the current prompt line in zsh?

Is it possible to highlight (set a background colour) for the whole line of the prompt in zsh? In my emacs config I have the line on which the cursor sits a slightly different colour to the window ...
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Why is Debian's root shell colorless?

Are there any security concerns? What is the best way to enable it?
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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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How to check if bash can print colors

I want to know if there's any way to check if my program can output terminal output using colors or not. Running commands like less and looking at the output from a program that outputs using ...
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How to find out what color I gave to xsetroot?

I used xsetroot -solid "#xxxxxx" to set a background color. I like this color, but did not record the command and it's long gone from the bash shell history. How can I find out what the color was? ...
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`highlight` command

Is there a command which can be used to easily highlight (with colors, bold text or inverted back-/foreground) specific strings in stdin while passing the entire string to stdout? I'm thinking of ...
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How to have tail -f show colored output

I'd like to be able to tail the output of a server log file that has messages like: INFO SEVERE etc, and if it's SEVERE, show the line in red; if it's INFO, in green. What kind of alias can I ...
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How to make Vim display colors as indicated by color codes?

In short, I'm in an effort to replace less with vim (vimpager). I have settings for scripts to spit out colors (and bold and everything nice) whenever they can. less understands the color codes and ...
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Nested ssh session inside screen has no color

I am attempting to keep a nested ssh session inside of a byobu/screen window, which I also connect to over SSH with Putty on Windows. However the nested SSH session has no color. Here's what I'm ...
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Colored man pages not working on gentoo

I have a problem using these methods to get colors in my man pages in gentoo. I've asked already in the gentoo forums but it still doesn't work, and the comments in a bug report (Bug 184604) don't ...
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Is there any env variable to turn --color (and the like) on for all commands?

I do use aliases to turn on color for some commands by default. But I'm wondering if there's an easier way at telling my system, color is supported, don't make me use --color for grep, ls, etc.
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Can I set my local machine's terminal colors to use those of the machine I ssh into?

I have a color scheme that I like for when I'm in a terminal, but I ssh into the machine I work on from multiple sources (locally, PuTTY, my netbook, etc.) and I want to maintain the same color scheme ...
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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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Program that passes STDIN to STDOUT with color codes stripped?

I have a command that produces output in color, and I would like to pipe it into a file with the color codes stripped out. Is there a command that works like cat except that it strips color codes? I ...
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red-green color blindness compatible vim theme

I am looking for a vim theme accessible to users with red green color blindness. In particular, the red text on a dark terminal background all but disappears. Do any of you know of a good theme? Or ...
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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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LS_COLORS settings for specific types of files

I'm trying to set up my color scheme for ls, and I'm having trouble finding information about exactly what parameters I have to work with, or where those come from. And especially setting colors for ...
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CLICOLOR and LS_COLORS in bash

I have the following setup in .bashrc for coloring of listings. export CLICOLOR=1 export ...
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Change the PS1 color based on the background color?

I learned that I can change the format of PS1, especially the color of the string. Then, is it possible to change the color based on the background color of the shell? Or, how can I detect the ...
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How to change background color of side pane of Kate and Kile?

I am trying to customize the color scheme of Kile/Kate. I could do it, except I could not find any way to change the color of the side pane such as files, etc. I prefer dark background, and having ...
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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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change prompt color depending on user or root in zsh

in zsh you can have a %# in your PS1 (or whatever PROMPT variable) which basically means display % if user or display # if root. I'm wondering if there is any way to affect this so that the % or # ...
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Getting 256 colors to work in tmux

I have 256 colors working just fine in konsole,. I thought I'd give tmux a try because, unlike screen, it seems to support vi mode. However I find that the colors of my prompt show up and this is ...
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Colorizing your terminal and shell environment?

I spend most of my time working in Unix environments and using terminal emulators. I try to use color on the command line, because color makes the output more useful and intuitive. What options exist ...