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Old 10-05-2003, 05:03 PM   #1
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Change font color xterm

Hello There:
Is there a way to set xterm with a white background and black only text, I know that with the -bg command I set up the background color, but when I run a the man command it displays the manual in different colors, how can I set it to display black font for default?
Old 10-05-2003, 05:10 PM   #2
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Sure you can, when you open xterm, or your script does, make sure it has the -foreground xterm -foreground black (or red, green, etc)
-fg is simpler I guess

If I want to change the colors, I make an alias in my bash profile.

alias xterm='xterm -fg black'

or any other switched you want, the file to do it is ~/.bashrc


*oops edit* you wanted black only, my mistake

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Old 10-05-2003, 06:05 PM   #3
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I tried that, but I still get the man pages in different colors, I need them to be always black, (I am colorblind), so I need withe background and black fonts for everything.
Old 01-04-2012, 05:48 PM   #4
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Smile How to do it

I guess this is coming in a little late

however, if you havent got it yet, there is an easy way to do it:

Go into your terminal and type in the following:
:ls -a
:emacs .Xdefaults
XTerm*background: black
XTerm*foreground: white

Save with control x s

When you open a new terminal the changes should be made


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