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Re: emacs -nw, screen and 256 colors

From: Josh Howard
Subject: Re: emacs -nw, screen and 256 colors
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 12:43:41 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.110001 (No Gnus v0.1) Emacs/21.3.50 (berkeley-unix)

David Hansen <> writes:

> and would like to use it with GNU screen and 256 colors.
> In a xterm without screen emacs can use 256 colors (shown
> by `list-colors-display') but when running in screen emacs
> shows only 8 colors (even the bold variants color8-color15
> doesn't seem to work).

It seems like there was a patch in a somewhat recent version of
screen which helped with 256 color support. Using screen 4.00.01 and
doing an export TERM=xterm-256color in the screen, to semi-override
the 'screen' termcap entry, I'm able to see all 256 colors without
needing to do anything else.

Josh Howard <>

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