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Re: Changing Terminal (-nw) Base Colors

From: Burton Samograd
Subject: Re: Changing Terminal (-nw) Base Colors
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:46:22 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Dan Espen <> writes:

> Burton Samograd <> writes:
>> Hello,
>> When I run emacs in -nw mode on a black (-rv) terminal, some of the
>> default text colors are very difficult to read, mostly in the blue
>> range.  In certain cases I can modify a the individual color value, such
>> as in the eshell prompt, but I would like to perform a global
>> modification of the 'dark blue' color to be, say, bright yellow.
>> I build emacs from sources so if this has to be done in the C sources I
>> am fine with that.  I've tried (briefly) looking for a table mapping these
>> colors to curses colors but have had no luck.  Of course, doing the
>> remapping from elisp would be even better.
>> I've heard of but never used 'color themes' for emacs.  Would these
>> help solve this problem?
> If blue is unreadable in your terminal under Emacs,
> then it's also unreadable when you do a color ls from the command
> line.

Yes, it is, but generally I run everything from emacs (include M-x
shell) so I honestly didn't really think of that problem.
> The point is, there are more programs than Emacs that use color in a
> terminal window.  I suggest you fix the colors, not change Emacs.

Good point.
> If you're running xterm/rxvt there are x resources you can use:
> !XTerm*color4:     Blue
> XTerm*color4:     cornflowerBlue
> you may want to change color12 to turquoise.
> I know I did.

I forgot about configuring xterm defaults.  That should be exactly what
I need.


Burton Samograd

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