I've seen this gist and tried a number of options, but it seems, that the versions of those terminals in stable repository are too old and I need to compile newest from source and drag newer dependencies like GTK3+ and libvte.

Is there any terminal, that can be installed on 8.5 Jessie with reasonable amount of pain and dependencies?

  • How many colors can your really use in a terminal window? I doubt there would be a futuristic approach to using more than 256 colors and most terminal emulators support more than that. – Julie Pelletier Aug 16 '16 at 4:54
  • Is this question limited to X terminal emulator programs? – JdeBP Aug 16 '16 at 5:02
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    @JuliePelletier I agree, you don't need 16m colors at the same time, but rather 16 million to choose from. 256 is a pretty limited palette – Alex Pyzhianov Aug 16 '16 at 5:21
  • @JdeBP I guess not... – Alex Pyzhianov Aug 16 '16 at 5:21
  • Not sure about Debian, but according to my memories on Ubuntu 14.04 (which was released a year earlier than Jessie) I had no problem compiling vte 0.36 and then you don't even need to recompile gnome-terminal. As far as I recall, I didn't even have problem compiling vte 0.38 (which modifies the API) and a corresponding version of gnome-terminal. That is, I didn't need any other dependencies that weren't available in the distribution. Give it a try and let us know where (if at all) you get stuck. (Don't aim for newest vte/g-t first, start with ones that are new enough to support true colors.) – egmont Aug 16 '16 at 12:56

Yes; there is mine, for starters. ☺

I asked about X because mine is intended as a user-space replacement for the virtual terminal emulator that is built in to the operating system kernel. It's not an X program. Like the kernel's terminal emulator, it uses the framebuffer and the various human input devices.

So if the question is whether any terminal emulators exist, and X is not a consideration, then the answer is most definitely yes. My terminal emulator supports Unicode and 24-bit colour out of the box, and a slightly older version of George Nachman's 24-bit-color.sh script displays some pretty rainbows when run on it.

I'm running it right now, installed as binaries from a Debian package, on Debian 8. (There is no local X server on the machine.)

The Debian 8 packaged Konsole also appears to support 24-bit colour.

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you can find an upcoming project that aims at having terminal support upto 24-bit true color...

Kindly have a look here. https://gist.github.com/XVilka/8346728

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The st terminal (mentioned at the list you found) has few dependencies and should be easy to compile from source.

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Thanks everyone! Looks like I've found one that works for me: ROXTerm. It's in the jessie stable repository and supports true color out of the box. It also a great terminal emulator overall and it doesn't bring many deps.

I think gnome-terminal might work as well, if you don't mind gnome deps

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    While ROXTerm is indeed a decent terminal emulator, there are two FYIs: The version shipped by Jessie uses a slightly older version of VTE (the actual terminal emulation widget) than gnome-terminal, plus ROXTerm is officially no longer maintained: sourceforge.net/p/roxterm/bugs/125. That being said, it's a reasonable choice for now. – egmont Aug 17 '16 at 10:54

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