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Bug 17337 - color ls flashes with dead symlinks
color ls flashes with dead symlinks
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: fileutils (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 2000-09-07 17:57 EDT by Mike A. Harris
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-09-23 10:41:50 EDT
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Description Mike A. Harris 2000-09-07 17:57:01 EDT
The default color scheme with color ls has changed for some reason in
Red Hat 6.2.  The default color for dead symlinks is _flashing_ white on
a red background.  This is very hard on the eyes, especially when you
need to work in directories containing dead symlinks.  Since this is quite
annoying, I think the default for any colors used by "ls" should be 
non-flashing and also preferably with a black background.  Basically,
the way it was in Red Hat 6.1 and earlier.

After commenting about it on the zoot-list, I received back many private
comments from people in agreement.  I'll bet that the majority of users
not want their screen flashing over a simple little thing like a dead

As such, I figured that I might as well request that it be changed back in
hopes that the gods above are listening.  ;o)
Comment 1 Need Real Name 2000-09-23 10:41:48 EDT
This is normal and can be edited in /etc/DIR_COLORS. I agree the colours for
broken links is not very comfortable.

ORPHAN 01;05;37;40  # orphaned syminks
MISSING 01;01;36;40 # ... and the files they point to

These are my colours now. Also flashing, but on a black background.
Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-09-23 12:05:22 EDT
The general agreement here is that users should be made aware of problems -
including by flashing symlinks.
If you don't like it, edit /etc/DIR_COLORS or ~/.dircolors to turn it off.
See man dircolors for details.

Red Hat Linux 6.1 and earlier didn't do color ls, there's no way we're going
back to that.

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