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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for dir_colors (redhat section 5)

DIR_COLORS(5)			       File Formats Manual			    DIR_COLORS(5)

       dir_colors - configuration file for dircolors(1)

       The program ls(1) uses the environment variable LS_COLORS to determine the colors in which
       the filenames are to be displayed.  This environment variable is usually set by a  command

	      eval `dircolors some_path/dir_colors`

       found  in a system default shell initialization file, like /etc/profile or /etc/csh.cshrc.
       (See also dircolors(1).)  Usually, the file used here is /etc/DIR_COLORS and can be  over-
       ridden by a .dir_colors file in one's home directory.

       This configuration file consists of several statements, one per line.  Anything right of a
       hash mark (#) is treated as a comment, if the hash mark is at the beginning of a  line  or
       is preceded by at least one whitespace.	Blank lines are ignored.

       The  global section of the file consists of any statement before the first TERM statement.
       Any statement in the global section of the file	is  considered	valid  for  all  terminal
       types.	Following  the global section is one or more terminal-specific sections, preceded
       by one or more TERM statements which specify the terminal types	(as  given  by	the  TERM
       environment variable) the following declarations apply to.  It is always possible to over-
       ride a global declaration by a subsequent terminal-specific one.

       The following statements are recognized; case is insignificant:

       TERM terminal-type
	      Starts a terminal-specific section and specifies	which  terminal  it  applies  to.
	      Multiple	TERM statements can be used to create a section which applies for several
	      terminal types.

       COLOR yes|all|no|none|tty
	      (Slackware only; ignored by GNU dircolors(1).)  Specifies that colorization  should
	      always  be enabled (yes or all), never enabled (no or none), or enabled only if the
	      output is a terminal (tty).  The default is no.

       EIGHTBIT yes|no
	      (Slackware only; ignored by GNU dircolors(1).)  Specifies that eight-bit	ISO  8859
	      characters  should be enabled by default.  For compatibility reasons, this can also
	      be specified as 1 for yes or 0 for no.  The default is no.

       OPTIONS options
	      (Slackware only; ignored by GNU dircolors(1).)  Adds command line  options  to  the
	      default ls command line.	The options can be any valid ls command line options, and
	      should include the leading minus sign.  Please note that dircolors does not  verify
	      the validity of these options.

       NORMAL color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for normal (non-filename) text.

       FILE color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a regular file.

       DIR color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for directories.

       LINK color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a symbolic link.

       ORPHAN color-sequence
	      Specifies  the  color  used  for	an  orphaned symbolic link (one which points to a
	      nonexistent file).  If this is unspecified, ls will use the LINK color instead.

       MISSING color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a missing file (a nonexistent file which  nevertheless
	      has  a symbolic link pointing to it).  If this is unspecified, ls will use the FILE
	      color instead.

       FIFO color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a FIFO (named pipe).

       SOCK color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a socket.

       DOOR color-sequence
	      (Supported since file-utils 4.1) Specifies the color used for a door  (Solaris  2.5
	      and later).

       BLK color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a block device special file.

       CHR color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a character device special file.

       EXEC color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for a file with the executable attribute set.

       LEFTCODE color-sequence
	      Specifies the left code for non-ISO 6429 terminals (see below).

       RIGHTCODE color-sequence
	      Specifies the right code for non-ISO 6429 terminals (see below).

       ENDCODE color-sequence
	      Specifies the end code for non-ISO 6429 terminals (see below).

       *extension color-sequence
	      Specifies the color used for any file that ends in extension.

	.extension color-sequence
	      Same  as	*.extension.   Specifies the color used for any file that ends in .exten-
	      sion.  Note that the period is included in the extension, which makes it impossible
	      to  specify  an  extension  not  starting with a period, such as ~ for emacs backup
	      files.  This form should be considered obsolete.

       Most color-capable ASCII terminals today use ISO 6429 (ANSI)  color  sequences,	and  many
       common  terminals without color capability, including xterm and the widely used and cloned
       DEC VT100, will recognize ISO 6429 color codes and harmlessly eliminate them from the out-
       put or emulate them.  ls uses ISO 6429 codes by default, assuming colorization is enabled.

       ISO  6429  color  sequences  are composed of sequences of numbers separated by semicolons.
       The most common codes are:

	  0	to restore default color
	  1	for brighter colors
	  4	for underlined text
	  5	for flashing text
	 30	for black foreground
	 31	for red foreground
	 32	for green foreground
	 33	for yellow (or brown) foreground
	 34	for blue foreground
	 35	for purple foreground
	 36	for cyan foreground
	 37	for white (or gray) foreground
	 40	for black background
	 41	for red background
	 42	for green background
	 43	for yellow (or brown) background
	 44	for blue background
	 45	for purple background
	 46	for cyan background
	 47	for white (or gray) background

       Not all commands will work on all systems or display devices.

       ls uses the following defaults:

	 NORMAL   0	  Normal (non-filename) text
	 FILE	  0	  Regular file
	 DIR	  32	  Directory
	 LINK	  36	  Symbolic link
	 ORPHAN   undefined	  Orphanned symbolic link
	 MISSING  undefined	  Missing file
	 FIFO	  31	  Named pipe (FIFO)
	 SOCK	  33	  Socket
	 BLK	  44;37   Block device
	 CHR	  44;37   Character device
	 EXEC	  35	  Executable file

       A few terminal programs do not recognize the default properly.  If all text gets colorized
       after  you do a directory listing, change the NORMAL and FILE codes to the numerical codes
       for your normal foreground and background colors.

       If you have a color-capable (or otherwise highlighting) terminal (or printer!) which  uses
       a  different  set  of  codes, you can still generate a suitable setup.  To do so, you will
       have to use the LEFTCODE, RIGHTCODE, and ENDCODE definitions.

       When writing out a filename, ls generates the following output sequence: LEFTCODE typecode
       RIGHTCODE  filename  ENDCODE, where the typecode is the color sequence that depends on the
       type or name of file.  If the ENDCODE is undefined, the sequence LEFTCODE NORMAL RIGHTCODE
       will  be  used  instead.   The purpose of the left- and rightcodes is merely to reduce the
       amount of typing necessary (and to hide ugly escape codes away from the	user).	 If  they
       are not appropriate for your terminal, you can eliminate them by specifying the respective
       keyword on a line by itself.

       NOTE: If the ENDCODE is defined in the global section of the  setup  file,  it  cannot  be
       undefined  in  a  terminal-specific section of the file.  This means any NORMAL definition
       will have no effect.  A different ENDCODE can, however, be specified, which would have the
       same effect.

       To  specify  control-  or  blank characters in the color sequences or filename extensions,
       either C-style \-escaped notation or stty-style ^-notation can be used.	The C-style nota-
       tion includes the following characters:

	 \a	 Bell (ASCII 7)
	 \b	 Backspace (ASCII 8)
	 \e	 Escape (ASCII 27)
	 \f	 Form feed (ASCII 12)
	 \n	 Newline (ASCII 10)
	 \r	 Carriage Return (ASCII 13)
	 \t	 Tab (ASCII 9)
	 \v	 Vertical Tab (ASCII 11)
	 \?	 Delete (ASCII 127)
	 \nnn Any character (octal notation)
	 \xnnn	      Any character (hexadecimal notation)
	 \_	 Space
	 \\	Backslash (\)
	 \^	 Caret (^)
	 \#	 Hash mark (#)

       Please  note that escapes are necessary to enter a space, backslash, caret, or any control
       character anywhere in the string, as well as a hash mark as the first character.

       The default LEFTCODE and RIGHTCODE definitions, which are used by ISO 6429 terminals are:


       The default ENDCODE is undefined.

       dircolors(1), ls(1), stty(1), xterm(1)

	      System-wide configuration file.

	      Per-user configuration file.

       This page describes the dir_colors file format as used in the fileutils-4.1 package; other
       versions  may differ slightly.  Mail corrections and additions to aeb@cwi.nl.  Report bugs
       in the program to fileutils-bugs@gnu.ai.mit.edu.

GNU fileutils 4.1			    2001-12-26				    DIR_COLORS(5)

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