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ls --color=auto uses colors also in non color terminals

From: Guenter Milde
Subject: ls --color=auto uses colors also in non color terminals
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 09:27:14 +0100 (CET)

Dear Gnu,

I am a (mostly) happy user of a Gnu/Linux System (SuSe) still I got the
abovementioned problem. When ls {(GNU fileutils) 4.0} is used from a
terminal that cannot tell the colorization escape codes, the ls output is
padded with disturbing caracters: like Bibliografie for a

The --help tells, that --color=auto sends color codes if stdout is linked to
a terminal. In my opinion it should be checked (via the $TERM variable and
termcap) whether the terminal has color capacities.  (Especially if
TERM=unknown no color codes should be sent.)

Of course I can use --color=none, yet I'd prefer one general setting for
both color and non-color terminals. I wonder whether a colorc capable check
could be implemented in the next version of ls.




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