mercredi, septembre 17, 2014

PuTTY and Solarized colors

I'm using the Solarized color palette on all my FreeBSD desktops, but at work I had to works from a MS Windows desktop :-(
Here are my PuTTY settings for a correct rendering of Solarized colors.

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Installation steps

Installing PuTTY or MTPuTTY didn't need specials instruction.
If you're using KiTTY, the Solarized PuTTY.reg files need to be adapted by opening them into a text editor and replacing the line:
By this one:
Then import the .reg files.

KiTTY/PuTTY configuration

Now start KiTTY or PuTTY, load the Dark or Light Solarized session and modify this session with:
  • Window - Colours : Enable "Allow terminal to use xterm 256-colour mode"
  • Connection - Data - Terminal details : Terminal-type string : "xterm-256color"
You can then add more customization, for example:
  • Terminal - Bell : Visual Bell
  • Window - Appearance - Font Settings - Font: "Consolas" - 12point
  • Window - Appearance - Font Settings - Font quality: ClearType
  • Window - Translation - Remote character set: UTF-8
  • Window - Lines of scrollback: 10000
  • Window - Selection - Control use of mouse: xterm (Right extends, Middle Past)
  • Connection : Second between keepalives: 25
  • Connection : Enable TCP keepalives
  • Connection - SSH - X11: Enable X11 forwarding
Once all your customization done, save the session as "Default Settings".

Checking parameters

Start a KiTTY/PuTTY, check that your preferences are loaded by default and open a SSH session to an *nix machine.
Once logged, the command "echo $TERM" should answer "xterm-256color".
And, if you've solarized your VIM (you don't need to use let g:solarized_termcolors=256!), you should correctly see the column after entering a "set colorcolumn=80".


tmux need to be configured for advertise a 256color term by adding in ~/.tmux.conf the line:
set -g default-terminal "screen-256color"

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