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Old 10-18-2003, 12:00 PM   #1
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Significance of colors in a terminal window?

Hi - i've been wondering for some time what this means:

If i open a terminal window (im using mandrake) and seach through system files at the command prompt - i typically see listings in different colors. I think i have worked out that dark blue signifies a directory - but then there are other colors that i cant figure out what they mean. Im looking in /usr/bin and see some text highlighted in bright red - then there are text highlighted in brown or green with a @ symbol at the end.

I cant see explanantions for these colors anywhere - in particular im worried about the bright red flashing text which is probably trying to warn me of something? Can someone tell me what these colors mean please?
Old 10-18-2003, 12:17 PM   #2
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colors are determined by your enviroment variables
"man dircolors" tells you all you need to know


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