EarthWeb: Linux Console Colors & Other Tricks
Feb 03, 2001, 13:07 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you've just begun programming on the Linux console, you
may find yourself less than enthused about the available color
choices (or lack thereof). ... The answer is surprisingly simple:
all you need are some console escape sequences."
"Try typing the following at your command prompt:
echo -e "\033[35;1m Shocking \033[0m"
What you should have is the word "Shocking" appearing in bright
purple. (Sorry, electric pink is not an option)."
"This is made possible by \033 , the standard console "escape"
code, which is equivalent to ^[ , or 0x1B in hex. When this
character is received, the Linux console treats the subsequent
characters as a series of commands. These commands can do any
number of neat tricks, including changing text colors."