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I use the CYGWIN X xterm from my windows machine.
I can log into my linux box from this terminal and open up tmux just fine.
However the terminal just shows up as white – I need something black and green.
Black background, green letters, or white letters.
I need to change the white background on the terminal to black
Most X applications allow you to set -bg (background color) and -fg (foreground/text) color along with many other options.
You can launch an xterm window:
xterm -bg black -fg green
If you type "man xterm" you'll see most of the common options in the manual page for xterm. If you type "man X" you can usually get a man page with general X options that are applicable to most X applications.
So in windows, I open up the xterm from the program menu, under CYGWIN X. So I was thinking that there must be a config file somewhere, or a command that I could execute from the terms own command line to change the background color
Find the Icon you're using to start the Xterm.
Right click on it and select Properties.
Add the options -bg black and -fg green to the command line it runs.
e.g. for my Xwin on Windows XP my Xwin is tarted with: