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

John Ellson john.ellson at
Tue Jun 26 14:16:48 UTC 2012

On 06/26/2012 08:50 AM, Chris Adams wrote:
> 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).

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