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Custom colors on Linux console

From: Bryan Christ
Subject: Custom colors on Linux console
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 15:41:07 -0600

I routinely use a program called "ponysay" to test my emulator's custom color pair logic.  When I run "ponysay" directly on the linux console, the program displays custom colors perfectly.  However, ncurses, doesn't seem to realize those capabilities.  I know that ncurses is taking hints from the TERM variable and the "linux" terminfo entry only supports 8 colors and 64 pairs.  I tried changing the TERM variable to xterm-256color but that had adverse effects.  Is there a way to coax ncurses into treating the Linux console as supporting more than 8 colors and 64 pairs? 


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