how to get terminal colors?

Jens Gutzeit jensemann at
Mon Aug 26 11:53:04 PDT 2002

Am Mon, 26 Aug 2002 14:24:46 +0000
Steven Stimpson <steven2 at> schrieb:

> my redhat system shows colors when i do an LS but none of my four lfs 
> systems do. I'm not talking about Xterms, it also happens in text mode
> outside of X. anyone know how to get this going? it is hard for me to
> tell the difference betweeen directories and files when everything is
> black and white!


This is a feature of ls, see man ls for detailed information. You have
to create an aliase like alias ls -> ls --color=always in your shell
login script (eg.: .bash_profile if you're using bash)

best regards

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