On Wed, Jul 09, 2003 at 12:47:42PM +0100, Daniel Bye wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 09, 2003 at 07:40:33AM -0400, William O'Higgins wrote:
> > I am trying to migrate to FreeBSD from Linux, but some things just
> > aren't working the way I'd like.
> > 
> > When I launch an xterm it honours my .bashrc, and I get my custom prompt,
> > which includes colour, but no other colour seems to work - not vim, not
> > ls -G, not mutt.
> > 
> > In the console, however, I never get the prompt or the aliases specified
> > in my .bashrc, and I never get colour.  Any pointers?  Thanks.

Sorry - hit send too early.

To get the console bits working, you need also to create a ~/.bash_profile,
from which you source ~/.bashrc.  When started as a login shell, bash looks
for ~/.bash_profile, not ~/.bashrc.  When started as an interactive
subshell, which is what happens when you start xterm, it looks for
~/.bashrc.

This way, you can logically separate setup that only needs to be done once
per login session (exporting certain env variables, setting up ssh-agent,
etc), and things that can be set each time a shell starts up.  (All I do
with my ~/.bashrc is read a file of shell aliases, and source the
system-wide /etc/bashrc, where I define suitable globals like $PS1, etc.)

As for the colour, I'm afraid I don't know - my $TERM is the default cons25,
and colour works just fine with `ls -G'.

HTH

Dan

> 
> Make a ~/.Xdefaults file, that contains at least this:
> 
> XTerm*termName: xterm-color
> 
> You can also customise geometry, background and foreground colour,
> scrollbar, etc.  Check out man xterm for the gory details.

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