Bug 133804 - vim: defaults to colors suited to light backgrounds (should be dark)
vim: defaults to colors suited to light backgrounds (should be dark)
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: vim (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karsten Hopp
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2004-09-27 12:58 EDT by Zack Cerza
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-29 06:36:54 EDT
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Description Zack Cerza 2004-09-27 12:58:55 EDT
Description of problem:
The default vim install uses colors suited to light backgrounds, which
is a pretty rare case. Could we change the default?

# diff -u /etc/vimrc.rpmnew /etc/vimrc
--- /etc/vimrc.rpmnew   2004-09-21 06:59:14.000000000 -0400
+++ /etc/vimrc  2004-09-27 12:49:05.887773280 -0400
@@ -10,6 +10,7 @@
                        " than 50 lines of registers
 set history=50         " keep 50 lines of command line history
 set ruler              " show the cursor position all the time
+set bg=dark            " use colors suitable for dark backgrounds
 
 " Only do this part when compiled with support for autocommands
 if has("autocmd")

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
vim-common-6.3.028-1
Comment 1 Karsten Hopp 2004-09-27 14:36:19 EDT
I don't agree with your statement that people prefering light 
backgrounds are rare. Taking a look around in our office at other 
peoples vim sessions, light backgrounds are actually way more common 
then dark backgrounds. 
It's a difficult task to make everyone happy. Maybe I should try to 
get help on fedora-devel to test all color schemes from 
http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=625 with light and 
dark backgrounds, but I'm tempted to close this as "won't fix" 
Comment 2 Zack Cerza 2004-09-27 15:49:20 EDT
I wasn't stating or implying that people prefer light or dark backgrounds.

gvim always uses a light background, if your gtk themes does. The
linux console always uses a black background. X users can use gvim,
but console users can't. I just think the console default should be
friendly to console users, since the X default is always friendly to X
users.

(there's no magic way for vim to know what its fore/background colors
for "normal" text are and make a decision based on that, is there?)
Comment 3 Karsten Hopp 2004-09-29 06:36:54 EDT
vim already checks the environment and automatically uses bg=dark on 
the console. Edit a .c file which using the console (.c only to see 
the highlight colors) and try to switch to bg=dark. You'll see that 
nothing changes, whereas switching to bg=light will result in some 
different colors. 

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