[arch-general] Escape sequences instead of colors in terminal

Martin Panter vadmium+al at gmail.com
Wed Dec 5 19:40:08 EST 2012

On 5 December 2012 23:14, Dave Reisner <d at falconindy.com> wrote:
> On Dec 5, 2012 6:11 PM, "Marcel Korpel" <marcel.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I already asked this at the forums, but as no one has an answer there
>> I hope someone here knows a solution. On a Git cheat sheet I found
>> that I could add nice colors to Git's output, so I edited my
>> ~/.gitconfig by adding:
>> [color]
>>     ui = auto
>> [color "branch"]
>>     current = yellow reverse
>>     local = yellow
>>     remote = green
>> [color "diff"]
>>     meta = yellow bold
>>     frag = magenta bold
>>     old = red bold
>>     new = green bold
>> [color "status"]
>>     added = yellow
>>     changed = green
>>     untracked = cyan
>> When performing a git log my terminal looks like this:
>> http://ompldr.org/vZ2t1bA (escape sequences instead of colors). The
>> same problem appears with git diff: http://ompldr.org/vZ2t1bg
>> However, as you can see in the second screenshot, git status and git
>> branch look correct. This happens in urxvt, but also in xterm and the
>> terminal screens (tty[1-6]).
>> Do you know what's wrong?
>> Regards, Marcel
> Your pager is to blame. Assuming you're using less, you need to pass the -R
> option. You can add:
> export LESS=-R
> To your shell rc file.

As far as I can tell, Git seems to be able to set the less -R option
itself. But I notice it doesn’t work if the $LESS environment variable
is already set. So I’d suggest manually adding -R as Dave said, or
deleting the variable entirely.

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