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Re: [Bug-apl] REPL results not visible on a black background terminal

From: Juergen Sauermann
Subject: Re: [Bug-apl] REPL results not visible on a black background terminal
Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:58:21 +0200
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Hi Nick,

I see the problem and will look into it. Not sure about what the best solution is.

In the meantime there are a few things you could do to work around this:

1. ./configure GNU APL with:


this will disable colouring completely.

2. ./configure GNU APL with other colors that look better on black backgound

   see README-2-configure for details.

this will use other colors.

3. start xterm (for example) with -fg white -bg black or set your default
xterm settings (e.g. in /etc/X11/app-defaults/XTerm like this:

*VT100.foreground:        black
*VT100.background:        white
*VT100.cursorColor:       red

4. issue the GNU APL command

      ]XTERM OFF

as first thing after starting APL.

Apart from that I could do the following:

1. add a command line option that disables colors, e.g. --noCOLOR

2. add a second colour scheme for black background. Problem with that
is how to know the background colour without becoming too terminal dependent.
Alternative would be a command line option like --blackBG

3. Use a color scheme that works good on black and on white backgrounds.

4. a config file, e.g. ~/.apl

5. Something else?

Comments anyone?

⍝ Jürgen

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