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Old 06-22-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Adding Colours in Terminal + SSH


Since switching from Ubuntu to LMDE one of the features I miss the most is the colours in my terminal. How can I add Ubuntu like colours in my SSH and local terminals? I think it involves the .bashrc file, but when looking through Duckduckgo for .bashrc files I find them confusing, not really understanding which bits I should be adding.

Can anyone tell me how to add the default Ubuntu colours please?

Old 06-22-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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If you are talking about prompts and ls output, put this in your .bashrc to get colored ls output:
alias ls='ls --color=auto'
This will give you a colored prompt, i use different colors for root vs users and for different machines:
This will give you user@hostname /currentworkingdirectory in the title bar of xterm, urxvt etc in an X session:

case $TERM in   xterm*)

PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;${USER}@${HOSTNAME} ${PWD}\007"'

For colored man pages:

### for color less and man pages
export LESS="-R"
export LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\E[01;31m'
export LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\E[01;31m'
export LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\E[0m'
export LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\E[0m'
export LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\E[01;44;33m'
export LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\E[0m'
export LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\E[01;32m'
All of the above go in your .bashrc which you should backup before editing.

This looks like a pretty good resource for experimenting with colors:

And is the first result from google for "colored prompt linux"

EDIT: Just wanted to add that after editing your .bashrc you will need to source that file to see the changes. To do that type:

. .bashrc
at a prompt in your home directory and then press enter.

Last edited by fogpipe; 06-22-2012 at 09:17 AM. Reason: spelling
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Hi and thanks for the help, explanations and useful link!


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