Subject: Re: color in console
To: Peter Bex <>
From: Florian Stoehr <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/08/2004 13:09:19
On Fri, 8 Oct 2004, Peter Bex wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 08, 2004 at 09:53:43AM +0100, Julian Coleman wrote:
>> The termcap definition for the vt220 (*) does not contain colour.  I'm fairly
>> sure that real DEC VT220's didn't support it, so it shouldn't be in the entry.
>> The WSCONS console is a superset of vt220 and supports colour (unless you have
>> selected Sun emulation).  So, you can use wsvt25 or wsvt25m as your terminal
>> type in order to get colour support on the console.
> Ah, so that is the recommended setting...  Then, why isn't this the default
> on freshly installed systems?
> If there are good reasons to set it to vt220 by default, isn't it an option
> to have sysinst at least ask if you would like to change to wsvt25?
> IMHO a system should have settings that are optimal, if reasonably possible
> unless breaking on other systems or leading to security hazards.  If the
> terminal supports color, a color-enabled term setting is the optimal so
> should be the default.
> Regards,
> Peter
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Tip: Try "TERM=screen", then you'll get colours AND correct special 
characters (in midnight commander e.g.).