dircolors: Color setup for
dircolors outputs a sequence of shell commands to set up the
terminal for color output from
eval "$(dircolors [option]… [file])"
If file is specified,
dircolors reads it to determine which
colors to use for which file types and extensions. Otherwise, a
precompiled database is used. For details on the format of these files,
run ‘dircolors --print-database’.
dircolors read a ~/.dircolors file if it
exists, you can put the following lines in your ~/.bashrc (or
adapt them to your favorite shell):
d=.dircolors test -r $d && eval "$(dircolors $d)"
The output is a shell command to set the
variable. You can specify the shell syntax to use on the command line,
dircolors will guess it from the value of the
The program accepts the following options. Also see Common options.
Output Bourne shell commands. This is the default if the
environment variable is set and does not end with ‘csh’ or
Output C shell commands. This is the default if
SHELL ends with
Print the (compiled-in) default color configuration database. This output is itself a valid configuration file, and is fairly descriptive of the possibilities.
An exit status of zero indicates success, and a nonzero value indicates failure.