[nycbug-talk] mac os termcap question

Marc Spitzer mspitzer
Mon Feb 14 13:00:45 EST 2005

On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 12:15:57 -0500, Bob Ippolito <bob at redivi.com> wrote:
> On Feb 14, 2005, at 11:23 AM, Marc Spitzer wrote:
> > personally I hate color coding, why bother when you have 'ls -F'
> > anyway and it is portable anywhere.
> For the same reason most (sane) software developers use syntax
> highlighting.  You either like it or you don't, but it provides a
> "low-bandwidth" way to categorize tokens and can measurably enhance
> productivity.

I  do use  it for coding and have learned not to trust  it as much as
I did, weird thing in emacs  where the code was right but the regex
got confused.

> I personally use "/bin/ls -G -F -h" on Mac OS X as my alias for ls.
> Colored ls -G output also provides more information than ls -F alone.
> It distinguishes a+w directories, for example.  Fortunately I don't use
> any platforms that have issues with colored terminals, though on some
> platforms like Linux I use a slightly different alias to accomplish the
> same thing.

each to his own and your eyes must be better then mine.  some of the
colors that have come  up when I have played  with color coding just
did not read  well against a given background, yellow letters on white
or dark blue on black for example.  another thing that  I just do not
like about it is that the same color can mean different things, a
directory here a socket there etc.  and  when working on a strange box
I do  not want help breaking things.


More information about the talk mailing list