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Re: lib/44109: curses does not support full colour

The following reply was made to PR lib/44109; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Brett Lymn <>
Subject: Re: lib/44109: curses does not support full colour
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:52:29 +1030

 On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 06:10:00AM +0000, 
 > Curses does not let you use arbitrary RGB colors. 
 man can_change_color
 man init_color
 say different.  Though looking at the curses source, init_color has
 not been implemented yet.
 >The color support is
 > limited to the first 8 of the 16 DOS console colors from ANSI.SYS. As
 > most of these colors are ugly (particularly in combinations) this
 > makes it more or less impossible to take advantage of color in
 > text-based user interfaces.
 By default those colours are set up in curses but they are not the
 only ones that can be used.  The maximum number of colours available
 is a terminal dependent number (terminfo attribute max_colors) as is
 the number of colour pairs (terminfo attribute max_pairs).
 Brett Lymn
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