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Old 10-02-2012, 06:29 AM   #1
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nano -- changing colors for files without a "syntax"

In other words, changing nano's "default" colors.

The man page for nanorc notes that the "none" and "default" syntaxes are reserved. Is it still possible to configure nano to start with colors which are the reverse of what one uses in their terminal session outside of nano, for instance?

If it isn't, it should be in my opinion.

So far, the nearest thing to an answer I found was here.

And I hope folks reading this will refrain from suggesting I use one of the "mode-based" editors instead of nano.

I await all considered replies.


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Old 10-07-2012, 03:00 AM   #2
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I'm not sure actually if you can change the 'default' colors.

I do understand what you mean as I too have encountered the same when I edit my sources.list.
I have multipule colors and they don't seem to have any kind of order so I can appreciate what you want.

I read through command line options but I did not see a command to configure the colors.

Maybe my thinking is wrong but there should be a way to change default colors within Nano-

Here's a page (How To Tips & Tricks: Nano) that has terminal output in examples of the color red:
#Color Syntax Highlighting
syntax "c-file" "\.(c|h)$"
color red "\<[A-Z_]{2,}\>"

Here's the Manual to Nano....there might be a way in the manual to do this-

Hope this helps...


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