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dircolors - Man Page

color setup for ls

Examples (TL;DR)


dircolors [OPTION]... [FILE]


Output commands to set the LS_COLORS environment variable.

Determine format of output

-b,  --sh,  --bourne-shell

output Bourne shell code to set LS_COLORS

-c,  --csh,  --c-shell

output C shell code to set LS_COLORS

-p,  --print-database

output defaults


output fully escaped colors for display


display this help and exit


output version information and exit

If FILE is specified, read it to determine which colors to use for which file types and extensions.  Otherwise, a precompiled database is used. For details on the format of these files, run 'dircolors --print-database'.


Written by H. Peter Anvin.

Reporting Bugs

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
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See Also

Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/dircolors>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) dircolors invocation'

Referenced By

clifm(1), dir(1), dir_colors(5), fd(1), lftp(1), ls(1), tcsh(1), tree(1), vdir(1), vifm-convert-dircolors(1).

July 2024 GNU coreutils 9.5