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Old 03-03-2004, 03:04 PM   #1
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aterm colors

hi there,

I've been using the gnome-terminal a lot lately simply because I can set colors for the different types of output. However, as aterm is more powerful, I would like to know if someone could help me set the colors properly. I've been having problems doing that.

This is what I currently use:

aterm -name aterm -sl 5000 -tr +sb -rv -sr -si -sk -bg white -shading 70 -tn xterm -fb mintsmild -fn lime -g 81x24+100+130 -fg \#ffffff -cursorColor green -cursorColor2 black

Here is a screenshot of what I actually want:
[1600x1280, 150Kb]

I basically don't want the dark blue or purple font that I get with aterm and instead have it look like my example of gnome-terminal.

I've gone through
man aterm
however I don't seem to be able to figure out how they want me to set the parameters

Can you help me? (You don't have to try to get the exact color - all I need to know is what paremeters to set and how to select the color (color name, color number, color hex))

Thank you very much!
Old 03-03-2004, 05:01 PM   #2
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First thing I see is that you have the background and foreground colors both set to white. I'm not sure if this affects things with a transparent terminal, but you might consider a black background instead.
The colors you get for file listings are not set with aterm guess is that gnome-terminal has its own dircolors configuration.
try "man dircolors"
Old 03-04-2004, 03:04 AM   #3
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thank you very much mikshaw for your reply!

I went ahead and tried good old google again and i came to one of LQ's older threads which finally resolved my issue.
Old 03-04-2004, 02:28 PM   #4
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oppsie, wrong URL, I was playing around with aterm and bashrc so I must have posted the wrong URL.

Anyhow, what I did basically was I edited the /etc/DIR_COLORS file

you have to be logged in as root to do that - I also backed up the original file and just did
make sure you have this line in it, otherwise just add it

TERM rxvt
this is appearently what aterm uses

After that you can just simply go through the rest of the file and change colors and font attributes (none, bold, underscore, much as you like it - the comments within the file are self-explainatory)

Last but not least, make sure you restart aterm and you should have all new colors and changes you've made

Have fun


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