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

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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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How to create a testcolor.sh like the following screenshot?

I found this image on the internet, but don't know how was it made, Can anyone provide a sample on that? I just would like to have a color table as well.
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ls and vim color on SunOS 5.8/Solaris 8

I want to use ls and vim with color on Sunos 5.8 SunOS 5.8 Generic_117350-11 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Blade-2500 I have installed ls (GNU coreutils) 6.9 and vim 7.2 In ~/.cshrc: setenv TERM sun-color ...
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Background color whitespace when end of the terminal reached

I am working with control sequences for text formatting and have stumbled upon some unexpected behavior. I have some text to output, in the middle of this text there is some smaller text block ...
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How to reset Kate default color schemes?

I accidentally changed some of Kate's default color schemes. How do I set them back to default? I tried reinstalling (including with the option to remove config files) but it kept my changes.
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why are colors mixed up in CentOS 7 terminal?

I have CentOS 7 running as a guest OS inside a VirtualBox host. I opened a terminal to write some commands, but the colors are all messed up as shown in the following print screen: It looks ...
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change LS_COLORS behaviour

I am trying to modify LS_COLORS behavior. Presently it (say for sh or py), changes color depending on if it is executable or not, as shown here But, I want all my script, executable or not, have ...
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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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terminal color theory

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

I recently started to use tmux and like it much, but it's green bottom bar is a bit distracting, is there a way to change its color? or a way to hide it?
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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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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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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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Installing a light vim colorscheme on gnome-terminal

I'd like to install a light color scheme for my vim, but it never seems to work (I tried several now). What I'm trying to obtain is something like you can see in this screenshot of mayansmoke: ...
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LS_COLORS for 256-color terminal

I thought ls colors are defined as <file_type>=[<bg(40-47)>];<font_spec(0:5)>;<font_color(30-37)> but, I recently found this where there are more colors and colors are ...
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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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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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Invert colors in whole PDF (convertion)

How to create pdf with inverted colours of original one? (Just like inverting whole screen with xcalib -i -a) Preferably : not loosing hyperlinks. But it's not requirement. It would be nice if ...
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change terminal appearance according to server

I have 2 different serves (all running Linux) to which I connect via ssh . After login all terminal background looks same. I want to have different color theme or background for different servers. For ...
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Strange output when echoing variable from a different user

$ sudo su - user1 -c 'echo $DOMAIN_HOME' /app/user1/DOMAINHOME This looks fine, right? However, let's dig a little deeper: $ sudo su - user1 -c 'echo $DOMAIN_HOME' | tee test.out $less test.out ...
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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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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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Where does the TERM environment variable default get set?

When I open a terminal window with the GNOME Terminal emulator in the desktop GUI the shell TERM environment variable defaults to the value xterm. If I use CTL+ALT+F1 to switch to a console TTY ...
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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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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 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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Change color of input text, not output [duplicate]

I need to capture screenshots of the terminal where the typed commands visually "stand out" from the rest. Right now I'm using this to make my typed commands "red": PS1='\[\e[0;31m\]\u\[\e[m\] ...
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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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colourize the first part of each line

I have some chat logs like: (15:12:56) rubo77: mist migration (15:05:22) hans: ist hugo da? (15:36:13) rubo77: test (13:30:15) rubo77: what are the access data? (15:06:38) someone@jabber.ccc.de: user ...
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Background color mismatch in vim and tmux

I'm having trouble getting the full range of colors to work in vim when I'm running through tmux. I belive that it's some sort of trouble with TERM variables or 256colors, but I've done everything I ...
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Where to set Vim colouring when logged into a remote machine

I do most of my development on a desktop, using Eclipse, but occasionally I have to log into the production machine to look at or edit files. Usually I use vi - which is an alias to Vim 7.2. The ...
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Set urxvt to work with 256 colors

I had spent so much time to try to get urxvt to work with 256 colors. I am using Ubuntu. I have followed a part of this post cd ~ infocmp -L rxvt-unicode > rxvt-unicode.terminfo vi ...
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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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linux mint toolbar applet color

I have problem with linux mint 17.1 ,the color of wifi ,sound,bluetooth and battery applets has changed like the picture and I don't think it is related to the theme it's look like inactive
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How to change the output color of ls comman in terminal in OS X and iTerm2?

I know that a similar question has been as in: How to colorize output of ls ? Though, I didn't really understand the answer and couldn't really make it work. However, I have tried something ...
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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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Why are files and directories colored in different ways? [duplicate]

On Ubuntu 14.04, in bash under gnome terminal, Why are files especially directories colored in different ways? The green colors hide the text to me (How about to you?). Is it done by terminal or ...
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rlwrap -z pipeto: piping output through pagers

I am using rlwrap to colorize prompt in asterisk CLI: rlwrap -s 99999 -a -pRED /usr/sbin/asterisk -r I read in man rlwrap that I can also use rlwrap -z pipeto to pipe output through a ...
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Saving colored output regardless of the source

How can I save colored output to a file regardless of the source when the sources turn coloring off if they detect their stdout isn't a terminal?
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How can i change the color in the panel when a program needs attention?

I'm running Linux Mint 14. I want to change the color in the panel when a program requires your attention (like when you receive a chat message). Not the color of the entire panel, but only the box ...
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Colors in Man Pages

When I look at a man page in my 'console' (not an xterm) I see some coloration, but I don't get this in my xterm's (e.g. konsole) is there any way I can enable this? hopefully a fairly simple ...
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How can you change the GNU screen status line based on hostname?

I have a shared home directory that is automounted via NFS on all the UNIX servers I log in to. I would like to have a single .screenrc that (for example) puts the hostname in the hardstatus line in a ...
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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 get VIM to display 256 colors properly

I'm trying to get 256 color theme files to work with VIM under xterm. This is peaksea how it looks for me: How it should look: I've tried following the tips on the wiki page to no avail. set ...
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Colorize line number in grep

Is there a way to colorize line numbers when using grep with the -n option? For example, echo "hello" | grep -n lo outputs 1:hello where lo is colorized in red (being the match). Can I configure ...
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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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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 ...