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Old 02-09-2013, 06:43 AM   #1
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Question Reconfigure terminal to view missing words in man pages?


When I use Putty (or rather, its forked version Kitty) to connect to a Linux host and view man pages, I notice some words are invisible because of the colors used by default:

How can I reconfigure Putty/Kitty or Linux so that these words are visible?

Thank you.
Old 02-09-2013, 07:02 AM   #2
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There are several parts to this -

1) the terminal emulation provided by kitty is potentially incomplete...

2) the terminal emulation specified to Linux is the wrong one.

3) the user environment is specifying something odd..

for #1, you can try selecting a different terminal emulation

For #2, you can try specifying different terminals to Linux. The default is xterm, but kitty can specify whatever it wants... You can replace it ("export TERM=vt100" is a basic non-color version). If that is overridden, (falls into #3)

You can do a "printenv | grep -i color" to see if the Linux environment specifies color usage (which overrides the terminal emulation of #1 and #2). If these are set, you can try a "unset COLORTERM" and "unset LS_COLORS". Though there are other ways to override your direct choice (check the list of aliased commands an you may see a number of them exist for common commands - ls, grep, egrep, fgrep which may specify a "--color=auto")

Most of the Linux color specs seem to assume an 8 bit color. This doesn't work very well when presented in a 16 (or 8) color emulation - the contrasting colors sometimes go white on white...
Old 02-19-2013, 09:07 AM   #3
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Thanks much for the tips. A simple work-around was to change the background color from white to grey: man uses white to display section words, so they wouldn't show.


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