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

Pádraig Brady P at
Tue Jun 26 14:08:41 UTC 2012

On 06/26/2012 02:37 PM, Thomas Moschny wrote:
> 2012/6/26 Chris Adams <cmadams at>:
>> 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).
> Tried with XFCE's "Terminal", which has a $TERM option in its
> configuration dialog (under advanced options), but it simply doesn't
> work. I set it to "xterm-256color", but within the shell, TERM is
> still "xterm".
> Not sure whether that is an XFCE (or vte) bug, or whether some
> system-wide profile script overrides it. Afaict, none of my user
> profile scripts overrides it.

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