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Re: [Monotone-devel] Re: colored diffs [Was: [PATCH] parent selector 'p:

From: Zack Weinberg
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] Re: colored diffs [Was: [PATCH] parent selector 'p:xxx']
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 20:32:45 +0100

On 10/8/07, Lapo Luchini <address@hidden> wrote:
> We could, in fact, add a --color option to "mtn diff" itself...
> Also "mtn log" and "mtn status" would have a big benefit from colors, in
> fact. It could be nice to use them... should probably be off by default,
> but turnable on by default using an hook or something.
> Does anyone object if I implement that? ;-)

It's a good idea but you need to be careful how you implement it.
Hardwiring VT220 color control codes would be bad.  So would making us
depend on ncurses.

I'd suggest a set of Lua hooks that know the necessary escape
sequences for the most common TERM= settings (xterm, etc) and can
query the 'tput' utility for less common ones.  You could also use
this to get at the line-drawing characters for


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