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Bashish is a theme engine for the console http://bashish.sourceforge.net
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WELCOME TO BASHISH2 ------------------- Index ----- 1 About Bashish 3 Getting started 4 Changing theme 6 Application themeing 7 Shell Support 8 Terminal Support 8.1 Mac OS X Terminal.app 9 ASCII-art Prompts 10 Uninstalling Bashish 11 Solaris specific notes About Bashish ------------- Bashish is a theme enviroment for text terminals. It can change colors, font, transparency and background image on a per-application basis. Additionally Bashish supports prompt changing on common shells such as bash, zsh and tcsh. Getting started --------------- First, run the 'bashish' command with no arguments: $ bashish it will ask you to confirm modifying some user configuration files. Press ENTER and go forth. Second, restart Bashish. After the shell has been restarted, the standard theme of bashish is installed. The colors will default to a black background with grey text and ANSI colors with low saturation, your prompt will remain unchanged. You can now select a theme for each applications and if wanted, one for the prompt. Changing theme -------------- Show installed themes by running the 'bashish list' command: $ bashish list Specify a theme, eg conda: $ bashish conda and with some colors: $ bashish conda blue Application theming ------------------- Application theming works by placing a launcher with the name of the themed command in the search path. The launcher first themes the terminal, then runs the command with the same options as given to itself. And finally, when the command has ended its execution (or suspended), the launcher will restore the terminal to the prompt theme. To the user, this launcher should be totally transparent: * It does not use the standard input/output/error, thereby the user can expect normal functionality when using pipes and redirecting input and output. * It handles multiple files and filenames with spaces correctly. * It returns the same exit code as the launched command. * It works even if not connected to a tty (eg. when executed from a GUI) * It can be suspended and restarted. * It will never launch itself. To temporary disable theming for one application, set the BASHISH_DISABLED variable, eg: $ BASHISH_DISABLED=1 joe to disable theming for all applications in the current tty: $ BASHISH_DISABLED=1;export BASHISH_DISABLED in csh run: % set BASHISH_DISABLED = 1; setenv BASHISH_DISABLED to re-enable theming run: $ unset BASHISH_DISABLED The launcher itself will also disable theming for any of the application child processes by setting the BASHISH_DISABLED variable. Modifying defaults and overriding theme parameters -------------------------------------------------- The files $HOME/.bashish/bt/defaults/theme and $HOME/.bashish/bt/overrides/theme are well commented and are the main customization files for Bashish, the former for fallback values if the theme does not set them, the latter is for overriding theme values. Only set title and prompt ------------------------- If you prefer Bashish to stay off colors, fonts and additional settings, and only would like Bashish to change title and prompt on a per-application basis, start Bashish with the '-t' option (eg. in .bashrc: bashish -t) Shell support ------------- Bashish runs independently of the interactive shell in use, thus obscure shells as 'lsh' and 'osh' can perfectly be used with application themeing. As creating prompts for all supported shells would be a daunting task, prompts in general are only avaliable for bash, zsh and tcsh. Following are the shells which can automaticly start Bashish upon startup: bourne shell compatible: ash bash dash ksh93 pdksh posh zsh c-shell compatible: csh tcsh Friendly Interactive SHell: fish dos compatible: lsh Old Enhanced Thompson shell: osh Plan/9 shell for UNIX: rc To start Bashish on an unlisted shell, start 'bashish' and insert $HOME/.bashish/launcher as the first element in your path. Shells known not to be able to automaticly start Bashish: the bourne shell: sh sash shell: sash notes about osh: osh does not support prompt changing. notes about rc: In order to load Bashish automaticly, rc needs to be started as a login shell (eg. by using the '-l' switch). notes about lsh: Lsh needs to be restarted in order to make it aware of prompt changes. In order to make theming in pipes work, one must explicity set the TTY variable to the output of 'tty'. Terminal support ---------------- Bashish can change theme properties such as colors font and title on the following terminals: Gnome-Terminal XTerm aterm rxvt rxvt-unicode Linux console mlterm SGI xwsh Other Terminals, which Bashish can only set title and color attribute for: PuTTY Cygwin Terminal (XFCE) terminal.app (GNUStep) BeOS Terminal PowerShell screen multi-gnome-terminal x3270 MacOSX Terminal.app Terminals that currently only sets title and color attribute but might get better support in the future: KDE Konsole CDE dtterm Terminals which Bashish can not theme at all: Most hardware terminals such as DEC vt102 QNX phterm Mac OS X Terminal.app --------------------- Mac OS X Terminal.app (tested on Tiger), interprets line drawing characters as chinese/japanse glyphs, thus, in order for the themes "box" and "bluesteel" and other themes using line-drawing characters to look good, you need to uncheck the "Terminal"->"Window settings"->"Display" and uncheck "Wide glyphs for Japanese/Chinese/etc." You will still be able to display Japanese and Chinese glyphs. ASCII-art prompts ----------------- To make Bashish display ASCII-art prompts correctly if the locale is not UTF-8, additional fonts with DOS codepage (aka "VGA fonts") must be installed: Eterm, aterm, XTerm: - artwiz-aleczepka font pack (en) http://artwizaleczapka.sourceforge.net/ http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=95348 Gnome-terminal, Konsole and other terminals capable of using .TTF fonts: - ASCII.ttf (named "New") http://www.apollosoft.de/ASCII/indexen.htm Furthermore, some terminals needs configuring: PuTTY - PuTTY can be set to DOS codepage mode, in the "PuTTY Configuration", go to "Window" -> "Translation". In "Recieved data assumed to be in which character set:"-drop-down menu, select "CP437" and "Handling of how PuTTY handles line drawing characters" to "Use font in OEM mode only" Next, select "Window" -> "Apperance", and select either the bitmap font "Terminal" which should have the "OEM/DOS" encoding, or the scalable "ASCII" font (below) which should have encoding "Symbol" Linux console - Works out of the Box, however some characters, eg. TAB is not handled correctly, eg. gets typed out as a ring. I am not aware of a solution to this, other than: switch to UTF-8, switch theme, or use ls -al and live with the behaviour. If the terminal can not be configured to work in CP437 mode, and/or the user uses localized characters. Bashish supports two even more compatible - but not as visually pleasing - modes: Modify the shell-rc (typicly ~/.bashrc): and change the value BASHISH_CP=437 to: BASHISH_CP=dec which uses the DEC line drawing character set to emulate some of the CP437 characters. If "dec" charset puts garbage on the screen, one can make bashish output regular 7-bit ASCII, by changing the value to: BASHISH_CP=ascii Removing Bashish ---------------- Remove user configuration and autoloading of Bashish by running 'bashish --uninstall'. To entirely remove Bashish from your system, consult your package manager manual, or if you installed from source: the INSTALL document in the source package. Solaris 10 specific notes ------------------------- You need to add /usr/openwin/bin and /usr/local/bin to your shell specific rc-file (~/.bashrc for bash).