I am using elementary 5.1.7 When I run msgcat --color=test it shows enter image description here Yellow, green and cyan are off. I believe that the elementary terminal colour scheme is a problem because when I ssh from my MacBook to the Elementary desktop, I get normal output.

I can set the palette using dconf. However, I don't know where to get the defaults.

Where can I get those colours?

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I've found that this color palette is default in elementary. I decided to copy palette from iterm2:

gsettings set io.elementary.terminal.settings palette '#000000:#c91b00:#00c200:#c7c400:#0225c7:#c930c7:#00c5c7:#feffff:#676767:#ff6d67:#5ff967:#fefb67:#6871ff:#ff76ff:#5ffdff:#c7c7c7'

It gives colors that in the end resemble rainbow much better

enter image description here


You can reset the default palette with gsettings reset as follows:

gsettings reset io.elementary.terminal.settings palette
  • The problem is that strange palette is the default.
    – tkowal
    Commented Mar 8, 2021 at 13:58
  • 1
    I misunderstood the question, my bad. I'm glad you were able to get that figured out!
    – jwillikers
    Commented Mar 9, 2021 at 12:25

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