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Re: [Nmh-workers] colorized/highlighted scan output?

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] colorized/highlighted scan output?
Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 09:44:38 -0400

ralph wrote:
 > Hi Ken,
 > > I just looked; ls, at least, hardcodes the ANSI sequence strings into
 > > the code (hm, so does grep).  I don't know if that's standard practice
 > > or not; somehow doing that still sticks in my craw.
 > There is dircolors(1) to help set LS_COLORS for ls(1) to read, e.g.
 > `dircolors --print-database', but I agree with disliking hard-coding
 > ANSI escape sequences.

i'm sure that's a result of ls and grep coloring having been
implemented in the post-ascii-terminal era, i.e., after everything was
already either a PC console screen or an xterm.  it never would have
lasted so long "back in the day".

it's ugly, i agree.  but on the other hand, that, and the willingness
of people here to embed ANSI sequences in their scan formats or their
sed/awk scripts, kind of means that full generality might not really
be necessary anymore.  (not that generality is much more expensive than
the hard-coded solution.)

ken -- why do scan and inc already link against termcap?

p.s.  free to a good home:  one Lear Siegler ADM-3A.  works, though i
think the keys probably needs cleaning.  haven't used it much lately.

 > Cheers, Ralph.
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 paul fox, address@hidden (arlington, ma, where it's 41.5 degrees)

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