Couldn't we enable 256 colors by default on TERM?

Chris Adams cmadams at
Tue Jun 26 12:50:18 UTC 2012

Once upon a time, Pádraig Brady <P at> said:
> The main caveat with per terminal settings is that
> it might be desired to provide config options per terminal.
> Though I suppose users can always override TERM in their
> startup files in the unlikely case they need to change
> back to 'xterm' for example.

I still use plain old xterm (the terminal program), and it allows you to
override the TERM variable in a couple of ways.  There's a command-line
option, and there's the old X resource termName.  The newer terminal
programs have configuration menus for various things; do any of them set
it there?  If they don't, I would think it would be relatively easy to
add (and hopefully upstreams would accept such patches).

Chris Adams <cmadams at>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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