How To Enable ls Color?

Josh Tolbert hemi at
Mon Jan 9 02:07:40 UTC 2012

On 1/8/2012 6:14 PM, Polytropon wrote:
> On Sun, 08 Jan 2012 16:04:17 -0800, Drew Tomlinson wrote:
>> I've installed 9.0-RC3 amd64.  I'm trying to enable color output for
>> ls.  I've issued the basic 'ls -Gla' but output is not colored.  Yet if
>> I can get colorized output by providing color codes (echo
>> ^[[34mhello^[[37m produces a blue "hello") at the command line so I know
>> my terminal is capable.
>> Is there some other secret?  This is a new install and I'm just trying
>> to set things up.
> Put
> 	setenv LSCOLORS ExGxdxdxCxDxDxBxBxegeg
> in the csh's initialisation file (typically ~/.cshrc
> for local use, /etc/csh.cshrc for global effect)
> and maybe setup an alias:
> 	alias ls 'ls -FG'
> 	alias ll 'ls -laFG'
> However, ls should provide colored output even
> if you don't set the $LSCOLORS variable. It
> should work with the default terminal emulation
> (cons25 or cons25l1).

 From here:

LSCOLORS="ExGxFxdxCxDxDxhbadExEx";    export LSCOLORS

I last updated that page a while ago...But it still seems to be working for me. :) You shouldn't really have to muck around with term type or anything...



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