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

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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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using ansi escape codes to change the background color in xfce4-terminal

This works to change the background color for the entire terminal with xterm: printf '\033]10;%s\a\033]11;%s\a' Blue Red It doesn't work in xfce4-terminal, tho. Is there something that will work? ...
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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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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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No colored output in less for the ls command

If I run ls I get colored output which I find pretty handy for quickly getting a glance of the kind of file. When I try to pipe it to less even with the -r and -R flags the coloring always get lost. I ...
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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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Converting colored output into html

There are tools providing coloured output: dwdiff -c File1 File2 # word level diff grep --color=always # we all know this guy ... The question is: How to convert their colored output of arbitrary ...
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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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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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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 clean stdout/stderr color output

I have a program that would output something like this: ^[0;33m"2015-02-09 11:42:36 +0700 114.125.x.x access"^[0m Is there built in linux program that could clean that output up into something like ...
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Solarized theme in both mc and Terminator

I have configured Terminator to use Solarized color theme. I did the same for MC. However, the problem I have is that I don't get actual Solarized color scheme in MC (as there already is one below ...
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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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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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tmux, TERM and 256 colours support

Introduction My question arises from the necessity of understanding why I have now (after multiple trials) Terminal and tmux supporting 256 colours and tput colors telling me there are only 8 of ...
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Change the way folders are displayed in terminal [duplicate]

I moved over from Xubuntu to Fedora. In a colored Xubuntu terminal the folders appear in bold blue wheras in Fedora they appear as normal blue. I'm familiar with ANSI codes for colors and style but ...
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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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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 ...
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wrong MC colors when launched via xterm -e mc

I use ini-customized color theme in Midnight Commander 4.8. [Colors] base_color=linux:normal=cyan,rgb002:input=white,cyan:inputunchanged=black,cyan:dhotnormal=red When I launch xterm and then ...
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Disable colours at runtime in xterm

I would like to disable colours in my xterm at runtime. Reason being that some programs lack the sanity to use them in proper way. For example: $ sane-program color output $ disable-color $ ...
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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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Get colors in less command with ccze: Shift + g doesn't go to the end of file?

In all the tools to get colors with less command: -R, Pygments, GNU Source-highlight, vless, ... ccze make me sastified with below command: ccze -A < /path/to/log/file | less -R but Shift+g ...
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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 determine the current color of the console output?

I know that, if a coloured terminal is available, one can colour the output of it using escape characters. But is there a possibility to find out, which colour the output is currently being displayed ...
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Disable of coloring for ls on NTFS filesystems

I like to have the output of ls colored so I quickly can spot files of specific types, however I have a separate disk in my computer which uses a ntfs-3g filesystem, this means that everything has ...
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preserving colors when piping yaourt through sort

Can sort preserve piped in colors? I'm trying to modify yaourt -Qu | sort so I get color output. Tried googling this but I couldn't find a general way nor a special way to do this for sort.
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How can I list LS_COLORS in colour?

I recall that eval "dircolors -b" used to display the colours that LS_COLORS was using, based on the file types or extensions. It was not simply the colour values that were displayed but the colours ...
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zsh colored prompt

this is my PROMPT PROMPT='%{$fg[green]%}%n%{$reset_color%}@%{$fg[white]%}%m%{$reset_color%}:%{$fg[yellow]%}%~%{$reset_color%} $(git_super_status) %{$fg[white]%}\$%{$reset_color%}' Yes, the new line ...
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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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What is the name of this terminal window graphical trick, which shows accented edges around highlighted text?

I've noticed a few screenshots of terminal windows online which show thin highlighted edges around status bars or highlighted lines. In the following example, note the light grey edging around lines ...
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vimdiff disable/enable color coding

Is there any way to quickly disable/enable color coding in vimdiff ? The problem is, I have colored text in vim and the text is invisible is the text-color is Red, and the vimdiff too tries to put 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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What color codes can I use in my PS1 prompt?

I used several colors in my PS1 prompt such as \033]01;31\] # pink \033]00m\] # white \033]01;36\] # bold green \033]02;36\] # green \033]01;34\] # blue \033]01;33\] # bold yellow Where can I ...
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Video-inverting my bash prompt

This is my prompt, as specified in ~/.bashrc: export PS1="${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;35m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ " ...that yields something like: I ...
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How to colorize output of git?

Is there a way to color output for git (or any command)? Consider: baller@Laptop:~/rails/spunky-monkey$ git status # On branch new-message-types # Changes not staged for commit: # (use "git add ...
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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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Man page highlight color

To colorize my man pages, I put this code from archlinux.org into .bashrc: man() { env LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\E[01;31m' \ LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\E[01;38;5;74m' \ LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\E[0m' \ ...
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How can I get red letters with tput when I seem to get yellow?

I was using #!/bin/sh if [ $TERM=screen ] then pass_color=' \033[01;32m' fail_color=' \033[01;31m' fi echo "$pass_color green $fail_color red" as in but I was advised to use tput instead, so ...
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grc: Highlight capture groups only?

Recently I came across grc and I find it really simple. However, I would like to highlight some chunks of regex-matched text. For example, svn status properties conflict highlight I hoped to work: ...
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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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Terminator custom colors overriden by KDE

I've been working on Solarized theme in Terminator (http://gnometerminator.blogspot.fr/p/introduction.html) for about a year on Gnome and have been very satisfied. Yesterday I switched to KDE and the ...
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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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acoc: availability, similar projects and problems?

I am trying to work on a Linux project out of Linux From Scratch. The outcome is a Linux with dull command line and console. I tried to bring color to terminal and I hit some bits and pieces like ...
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Powerline bash prompt not colorized in tmux

The bash/zsh commandline prompt is not displaying colors in tmux, even though I managed to get the powerline itself working (with colors). The prompt works fine in pure bash/zsh. I am getting the ...
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How to force custom color scheme when using Inverted Colors in Evince?

As pointed out in Software to read PDFs with inverted colors (Windows), instead of having a very white on very black color scheme (which induces a very nasty contrast) it is often preferable to use a ...
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Colored FIND output?

Is it possible to get colored output from the find command? That is, in the path of each found item, directories are blue, executable scripts are green, et cetera? I'm using version 4.4.2 of GNU ...
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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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Red and blue are switched in xfce

I have a BeagleBone Black, wich is connected to a TV via HDMI. When I boot up the BeagleBone Black using a minimal Ubuntu image, I can see Tux greeting me in all his three-color glory, yellow feet and ...
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How to change background color of a pane in tmux?

I would like to change the background color of the inactive panes in tmux to better distinguish between the active pane and inactive panes. Something just a few shades different than the default. How ...
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Are the terminal color escape sequences defined anywhere for bash?

I've used every so often colors in Bash scripting (mostly on CentOS), but to make their usage more convinient I end up redefining variables to color values: local GRAY="\[\033[1;30m\]" local ...