I recently discovered that if I log in to my Debian system without lightDM, just using the commandline prompt, and then instead of typing "startx" straight away actually use the commandline, the coloring in "man" pages is better than I've ever seen. Not in terms of choice of color, that's always cyan, but in how the colors are applied.
echo $TERM linux
I haven't been able to get this
linux setting to work in Xfce-terminal, evidently because it requires
termcap, which is not in Debian repositories anymore, not even the
compat package that used to be there until 2005.
Is there another terminal I can use that will give me the same coloring as I get in the login console? I haven't been able to get the default xterm program to show colors, and I read that the
gnome-terminal and several others all share the same code base as
Please note I've tried other solutions I have found with research, including using Vim as man pager, editing
.Xdefaults, etc. Nothing works like the
linux setting in login
My current workaround is to press Ctrl+Alt+F2 and log in to another
tty console. But I'd like to avoid doing that and have the
linux coloring in the terminal emulator.