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 like text is highlighted, but the light blue against white background makes it nearly impossible to read.

How can I restore the black text on white background so that I can read the terminal?

White text on black background would be equally good. I just need high contrast between text and background to be able to read.

  • Type this: reset.
    – Cyrus
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:05
  • @Cyrus Thank you. However, typing reset had no effect.
    – CodeMed
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:07
  • Try this: \ls -al.
    – Cyrus
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:08
  • @Cyrus Thank you again. \ls -l makes the resulting text black on white background. But then typing ls -al again results in the same light blue shown in the printscreen in my OP. So \ls -l is a temporary patch.
    – CodeMed
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:11
  • Try this to see the problem: alias ls. With a leading \ you can disable the alias for this command.
    – Cyrus
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:13

1 Answer 1


Add this to last line of your ~/.bashrc:

unalias ls

and type

source ~/.bashrc
  • Thank you and +1 for solving the problem in a timely manner.
    – CodeMed
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:46
  • or a solution for all users: mv /etc/profile.d/colorls.sh /root
    – Cyrus
    Jun 25, 2015 at 20:51
  • I have what seems to be a downstream problem that seems to stem from these changes. Are you willing to look at it? Here is the link: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/212493/…
    – CodeMed
    Jun 26, 2015 at 22:11
  • I would prefer glenn's approach.
    – Cyrus
    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:39

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