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Re: ANSI bg colour outside of prompt area
On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 5:14 PM, Bart Schaefer <schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Many terminal emulators (more modern than xterm; e.g. gnome-terminal and
> PuTTY, among others) provide GUI menus for doing this sort of thing. In
> gnome-terminal it's Terminal -> Change Profile, you can set up as many
> different profiles as you like with different font/color/lines/columns
> etc. combinations, and switch among them as necessary.
> Of course "st" is designed to be extremely simple/lightweight, so it does
> not have that sort of feature available.
Don't try to teach grandma how to suck eggs :-)
My first programming course in 1976 involved the use of a teletype model-33
with paper tape punch/reader: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletype_Model_33.
My second course to learn FORTRAN required going to the school district
administrative offices to use their IBM 80-column card punch machine then
taking the card deck to another building to be submitted for running
Kids these days just don't understand how walking to school and back home
uphill both ways through two meters of snow helps build character :-)
The only other argument that the shell should get involved in this is
> for non-GUI consoles. I've seen reference to default console colors
> having to be compiled in to the kernel, which does seem like overkill.
> Even so, as Zyx pointed out, there's no way for the shell to make color
> changes stick when other programs run.
I have several Linux virtual-machines and, yes, the emulated serial console
has a hard-coded black background. Boo-hoo. Honestly, if you're spending
more than a few minutes a year interacting with a system via such an
interface you still have options that are preferable to bolting on another
"feature" to zsh that only 0.001% of its users will find valuable.
Caretaker of the exceptional canines Junior and Hank
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