Colorized compiler/linker messages

Michael D. Norwick mnorwick at
Mon Jan 24 00:59:35 UTC 2011

On 01/23/2011 17:07, Mark Johnston wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 08:00:52PM -0600, Michael D. Norwick wrote:
>> Good Day,
>> I have seen this for some time when building ports and was wondering
>> how it was done.  GCC when compiling and linking certain programs,
>> ebook for example, emits messages in various colors.  How is that
>> done?  Where does one find what the various colors are supposed to
>> signify?  Or, is it just because it's more appealing?
>> Thank You,
>> Michael
> I'm not sure about ebook specifically, but there's a wrapper for gcc called
> colorgcc which colorizes the diagnostics and errors that gcc emits. The idea is
> that one can just do something like "CC=colorgcc make" when building.
> I'm sure there are other programs out there that do something similar,
> but colorgcc is the most common I think. Apparently there are similar
> wrappers for make and diff as well.
> -Mark
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Thank You,

I'll look up the man pages for colorgcc and see if it is installed on my 
system.  This explains a lot.


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