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That built-in terminal is just a very bare one; it doesn't offer capabilities like color highlighting. If you want that, you need to either use terminal Vim, or launch the external command in a separate terminal window: :!gnome-terminal -x sh -c 'git diff file.c'


Linux normally uses the Unix 98 pseudoterminal interface. Entries in /dev/pts are assigned outside the application's control. An application that wants to create a pseudoterminal (here the SSH server) opens /dev/ptmx, which allocates a pseudoterminal and returns a file descriptor to it. The pseudoterminal number (the number after /dev/pts/) determined when ...

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