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Re: Hightlighting in bash

From: Clark J. Wang
Subject: Re: Hightlighting in bash
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:16:11 +0800

On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 3:42 AM, Philip Prindeville <
address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi.
> First off, this isn't a bug report so much as a feature request.
> I do a lot of cross-compilation of linux and various packages for embedded
> distros.
> Version bumps are always perilous because cross-compilation often suffers
> regression.
> The problem is that a lot of the regressions don't cause the build to
> fail... it just generates invalid results.
> Sometimes (not often but sometimes) an innocuous clue with will buried deep
> within thousands (or tends of thousands) of lines of "make all" output.
> And by output, I mean STDERR.
> My request is simple.  Using termcap/ncurses info (which you need anyway
> for the readline stuff), it would be nice to have the option of running
> commands in a pseudo-tty and then bracketing the output from STDERR with
> <highlight on>...<highlight off>.
I've ever seen some util like colorgcc. Is that what you want?

> Of course, that also implies that your writes to wherever STDERR eventually
> goes are atomic and won't be interspersed with output from STDOUT.  I'll let
> someone more intimate with the particulars of stdio and tty drivers and line
> disciplines figure that bit out.
> This would be nice because it would allow one to quickly identify and
> isolate potentially detrimental error messages from mundane but profuse
> output that logs commands being invoked, etc.
> Does this seem doable?
> Thanks,
> -Philip

Clark J. Wang

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