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Change default LS colors on Debian

debian By default, the LS version of Debian uses a regular blue color for the directories. And, as many others, I'm completely unable to read this on a black background. So, to change this, do the following for each user, or globally in /etc/bash.bashrc:

Get the current dircolors

# dircolors -p > ~/.dircolorsrc

This creates a dircolor file in /root/.dircolorsrc that you can edit with any text editor.

Change the blue color

With vim, open the file and find the line “DIR” and change its color value from 34 (blue) to 33 (yellow).

# vim /root/.dircolorsrc


53 # Below are the color init strings for the basic file types. A color init 
 54 # string consists of one or more of the following numeric codes: 
 55 # Attribute codes: 
 56 # 00=none 01=bold 04=underscore 05=blink 07=reverse 08=concealed 
 57 # Text color codes: 
 58 # 30=black 31=red 32=green 33=yellow 34=blue 35=magenta 36=cyan 37=white 
 59 # Background color codes: 
 60 # 40=black 41=red 42=green 43=yellow 44=blue 45=magenta 46=cyan 47=white 
 61 NORMAL 00 # global default, although everything should be something. 
 62 FILE 00 # normal file 
 63 DIR 01;33 # directory 
 64 LINK 01;36 # symbolic link. (If you set this to 'target' instead of a 
 65  # numerical value, the color is as for the file pointed to.) 
 66 FIFO 40;33 # pipe 
 67 SOCK 01;35 # socket 
 68 DOOR 01;35 # door 
 69 BLK 40;33;01 # block device driver 
 70 CHR 40;33;01 # character device driver 
 71 ORPHAN 40;31;01 # symlink to nonexistent file, or non-stat'able file 
 72 SETUID 37;41 # file that is setuid (u+s) 
 73 SETGID 30;43 # file that is setgid (g+s) 
 74 STICKY_OTHER_WRITABLE 30;42 # dir that is sticky and other-writable (+t,o+w) 
 75 OTHER_WRITABLE 34;42 # dir that is other-writable (o+w) and not sticky 
 76 STICKY 37;44 # dir with the sticky bit set (+t) and not other-writable 
 77 # This is for files with execute permission: 
 78 EXEC 01;32

Load the colors when Bash starts

In you local ~/.bashrc file, modify the line eval “`dircolors`” into eval “`dircolors -b ~/.dircolorsrc`”.

# vim /root/.bashrc


# You may uncomment the following lines if you want `ls' to be colorized:
eval "`dircolors -b ~/.dircolorsrc`"
export LS_OPTIONS='--color=auto'

That's it. Close your current session and open a new one to reload bash and the output of your LS commands will now show directories in yellow.


en/ressources/astuces/lscolor.txt · Last modified: 2024/04/17 10:19 by