On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 02:09:29PM -0700, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 09:42:04PM +0200, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> > After some trial and error, I put
> >
> > XTerm*color7:      #bebebe
> >
> > in my .Xdefaults. Now the yellow sysinstall font is much more legible  
> > inside an xterm. This works for both xterm and rxvt. The rxvt man page  
> > proved very useful.
> >
> > Now I have solved my problem but other users may experience the same  
> > problem. Is it possible to modify sysinstall so that it uses a darker  
> > background gray when run inside xterm?
> 
> I'm not sure this is desirable or recommendable.  There are some
> terminal emulation programs -- specifically, PuTTY -- which emulate
> TERM=xterm.  The RGB colours in PuTTY look just fine: quite legible.

more/less (putty's wrapping behavior differs)

> The key problem here is this: there are no more darker grey backgrounds
> available with the limited colour set available.  You get one grey bg --
> sequence \e[47m; -- and that's it.  If you want other colours, you have
> to have a 256-colour xterm compiled, which supports an extended palette,
> and there's no way to detect if someone has such a capable terminal
> (basing it on $TERM is not correct).

actually, basing it on $TERM is the way most people would do it,
e.g.,

xterm-256color|xterm with 256 colors,
        am, bce, ccc, km, mc5i, mir, msgr, npc, xenl,
        colors#256, cols#80, it#8, lines#24,
        acsc=``aaffggiijjkkllmmnnooppqqrrssttuuvvwwxxyyzz{{||}}~~,
...
        
initc=\E]4;%p1%d;rgb:%p2%{255}%*%{1000}%/%2.2X/%p3%{255}%*%{1000}%/%2.2X/%p4%{255}%*%{1000}%/%2.2X\E\\,
...

-- 
Thomas E. Dickey
http://invisible-island.net
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