(gettext.info)The TERM variable
9.11.2 The environment variable `TERM'
The environment variable `TERM' contains a identifier for the text
window's capabilities. You can get a detailed list of these
cababilities by using the `infocmp' command, using `man 5 terminfo' as a
When producing text with embedded color directives, `msgcat' looks
at the `TERM' variable. Text windows today typically support at least
8 colors. Often, however, the text window supports 16 or more colors,
even though the `TERM' variable is set to a identifier denoting only 8
supported colors. It can be worth setting the `TERM' variable to a
different value in these cases:
`xterm' is in most cases built with support for 16 colors. It can
also be built with support for 88 or 256 colors (but not both).
You can try to set `TERM' to either `xterm-16color',
`xterm-88color', or `xterm-256color'.
`rxvt' is often built with support for 16 colors. You can try to
set `TERM' to `rxvt-16color'.
`konsole' too is often built with support for 16 colors. You can
try to set `TERM' to `konsole-16color' or `xterm-16color'.
After setting `TERM', you can verify it by invoking `msgcat
--color=test' and seeing whether the output looks like a reasonable
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