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

Kévin Raymond shaiton at
Wed May 30 08:30:39 UTC 2012

Hi there,

We are building a leading edge Operating System, but still use only 8bit colors
by default in our terminal (I don't know about KDE… I stay under
GNOME, gnome-term (xterm)).
This limit the colors of many applications like vim, screen, tmux, weechat…

As seen (quick but not exhaustive check), all dependencies for xterm
in 256 colors are there,
we just need to define `TERM=xterm-256color' in order to get 256 colors…

So what would be needed?

Kévin Raymond

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