colorit - Man Page

a script for markuping the text input


colorit [OPTIONS] [files...]


colorit is a script for markuping text input and sending a result to pager ( less -r by default) or stdout. Markuping rules are described in a configuration file which is filtered by preprocessor (the default is m4 ). The define HOME equal to your home directory is set for the preprocessor using -D option supported by both m4 and cpp. This script can be used for colorizing the text by ANSI escape sequences, or making a simple text conversions and may be used as a pager instead of less by dict or other programs. In particular, log files, dict, cc, make, or diff output can easily be colorized and viewed.


-V or --version

Shows version information.

-h or --help

Shows help information.

-c file or --config file

Specify configuration file.  The default is ~/.coloritrc or /etc/colorit.conf

-P pager or --pager pager

Specify a pager (- for none). The default is less -r

--pp preprocessor

Specify a preprocessor (- for none).



User's colorit configuration file


System colorit configuration file

Config File

Empty lines or lines beginning with sharp sign (`#') are ignored. All other lines have this structure: command arg1 arg2 ... argN. All commands are processed one-by-one for each input line.
args strings can be surrounded by double-quote characters.
Currently, only mark command is available having the following arguments: regexp pre_string post_string
The pre_string and post_string are inserted at the beginning and the end of substring matched by regular expression regexp


The only supported escape sequence in the strings surrounded by double quotes is \033.

See Also

less(1), m4(1), cpp(1), dict(1)


28 Oct 2003