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My school server is Redhat 7.4 and I really hate the default colors which are printed in ls. bold and dark colors with a black backround is really hard for me to see any file names.

I am currently using os x and iTerm2 for SSH. When connecting to my own debian server, ssh automatically changes server colors to be the ANSI colors I chose from iTerm settings. But in Redhat this doesnt happen. Also most of the guides in the internet require changing something from /etc.., which I am of course not able to do.

So is it possible to change the colors just for my user and locally without being sudoer?

Thank you for helping me.

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You can make an alias in your ~/.bashrc:

alias ls="ls --color=always"

Yo can also set the environment variable LS_COLORS, check online for examples, just look for it with your $search_engine of choice, make sure you export it if you add it to your ~/.bashrc

export LS_COLORS="..."

Basically, read about ~/.bashrc, and what you can do with it, remember alias is your friend in the command line.

  • There is no .bashrc file. Can I just create one? – Joona Mar 28 '18 at 9:23
  • Yes, you can, just open your editor or use echo and >>. – J. García Mar 28 '18 at 9:40

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