Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 17337
color ls flashes with dead symlinks
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:58 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)
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.
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.