created October 3, 2001 · complexity basic · author Charles E. Campbell, Jr. · version 6.0
Having problems setting up your syntax highlighting because everything is coming up in bold?
You're probably using an 8 color xterm and setting up highlighting lines such as hi Normal ... ctermfg=green . The solution: use numbers! 0=black, 1=red, 2=green, 3=yellow, 4=blue, 5=magenta, 6=cyan, and 7=white. Vim tries to use "bright" colors when its given names (because Windoz machines prefer to use dim text unless its been made bold).
Read more about it at :help highlight-ctermfg.
Comments[edit | edit source]
This works ok, but a more portable (and more predictable) way is to use the dark color names. i.e. use DarkBlue instead of Blue, Gray instead of White, etc. See :help cterm-colors.
If you are using a recent xterm try putting this in your .vimrc:
if &term =~ "xterm" " don't do this if you have 8-color xterms set term=xterm-16color endif
And you will get the non-bolded versions of those colors (which means you have 16 colors to work with).
How many colors does my xterm support?[edit | edit source]
You can find out how many colors your xterm has by running
strings `which xterm` | grep color[0-9]
(and maybe sort it someway). The highest value plus one is the number of colors you have. So, if you find that this is 256, then set