Talk:Features/256 Color Terminals

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This feature page needs to explain better how the feature will affect remote logins.

What does "degraded experience" mean? Will I simply get the same colors on the remote system that I get now, or will I lose a lot of other features?

If I SSH to a system that doesn't support 256 colors, sometimes from an X terminal, sometimes from a Linux virtual console, and maybe sometimes from Screen or some other kind of terminal, how can I set things up once and for all so that it works right in all cases? Is it enough to set TERM=xterm in all cases?

What if I SSH to a Fedora box from a system that supports only eight colors, or even just black and white?

Does the feature affect serial consoles, Telnet, Kermit et cetera in any way?

Rombobeorn 15:09, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

  • SSH is the major downside of this. There should be a way to "unbreak" systems automatically (ideally by editing ~/.ssh/config, or, in the worst case setting up a shell alias), and it should be documented in the release notes.
  • Why is it better to add a script to /etc/profiles.d than to patch specific terminal emulators to set TERM to a 256-color version? This would allow e.g. gnome-terminal run with 256 colors, but a different terminal emulator that doesn't support 256 colors to continue setting TERM=xterm .

--Mitr 16:41, 25 June 2012 (UTC)