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    Question Black screen - writing black on black - change color of the console


    I'm new in Linux mint and when I log in I have a black screen with a little square (with a white 1 in it) at the bottom left of the screen.
    So I know I'm in the console and i have to put an instruction to change the color of the background or the foreground.

    Can someone please tell me what should I do/write, please?
    I have been searching for it for a long time now.. ._.

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    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
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    Harrow, UK
    I don't think you can do that with a Linux console (as compared with an xterm). You can set pretty colours in your prompt using ansi codes, but the background is always black.
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"

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    Victoria, B.C. Canada
    Are you not seeing any text? I wonder if echo is off? Try typing ths:
    stty echo

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    Linux Engineer docbop's Avatar
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    Woodshed, CA
    This might be what he's looking for...

    Change colour of text and background on the Linux console | TuxRadar Linux

    Trouble is with setterm it only changes the text being outputed, so rest of console is still default. Per the article to set one one basic eight colors requires a kernel edit and recompile.

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