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Re: Suggestion: try ~/.dircolors

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: Suggestion: try ~/.dircolors
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2008 18:21:25 +0100 (BST)
User-agent: Alpine 1.00 (DEB 882 2007-12-20)

On Sat, 19 Jul 2008, Jim Meyering wrote:

Reuben Thomas <address@hidden> wrote:
It would both be logical, and help with testing (where one wouldn't
have to change one's login script) if dircolors tried to load
~/.dircolors if no database is given and the file exists.

Or just put this in your start-up script:

 test -r $d && eval "$(dircolors $d)"

That's fine, but, as always, good default behaviour is worth a hundred times as much as configuration: it doesn't need a user to work it out, read your mailing list message, or anything else. On the other hand, you could improve the differential by putting the above tip in the dircolors documentation.

I have solved the problem for myself by simply accepting dircolors's default settings, which have now pretty much caught up with everything I ever configured, and also avoids confusion when I log in to systems on which my customisation is not installed.

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