#346 colored outputs for dumb terminal

Edrisse Chermak

The set terminal dumb is colorless.
I'm interested in getting colored outputs for the dumb terminal output.


  • No can do. The output medium assumed by the dumb terminal is exactly what the name says: dumb. Just ASCII text, nothing else. There is really no way to control colour in that model.

    To get coloured output would require a new output medium, e.g. a curses library, raw termcap / termlib, or just plain ANSI terminal control sequences, or something like that. That would mean an entirely new terminal driver.

  • Colored text ouput can be obtained e.g. with the help of libcaca, http://caca.zoy.org/wiki/libcaca. There's a new terminal driver sitting on my hard disk which uses this library. If you are willing to beta test, just let me know.

    • assigned_to: nobody --> markisch
  • Thanks for your encouraging answer.

    Surely, I would be very happy to test such a version.

    • The caca terminal finally made it to CVS. Requires configure --with-caca=yes to be included in build.

    • status: open --> closed-accepted