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With node-gyp's colored error messages*, some bits end up invisible in Konsole:

invisible bits in Konsole

I'm using Kubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, running under VMware Workstation with 3D acceleration enabled. If I copy/paste the text from Konsole to somewhere else, the invisible bits are revealed, which suggests this is a rendering issue.

Note that the glitched bits stay black even when selected, and end up looking like redaction bars:

glitched bits selected

* I believe node-gyp is running GCC behind the scenes, but I'm not totally sure.

  • As a temporary solution I can set TERM=dumb to disable color-coded messages, but it would be nicer to be able to use color coding. – spinda Aug 20 '16 at 23:03
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It might be a "rendering issue", but equally likely with Konsole is that its color palette happens to be something that makes it hard to see, e.g., if someone assumed that the background of the terminal is a light color and is printing black text on that. You can see if this is the case by changing your terminal's color palette.

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  • Oh wow, you're exactly right! I've had problems with VMs, 3D acceleration, and KDE5 before, so I assumed that this was something similar--but actually, it turns out my color scheme is messed up. Thanks! I'll accept your answer as soon as Stack Exchange allows me to. – spinda Aug 20 '16 at 23:06

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