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Re: Is 256 colors possible with cmd.exe?

On Apr 23 02:37, Alex Leigh wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I've been using mintty with Cygwin but I'm finding myself running
> Windows console programs that don't work with mintty, and it's
> sometimes a hassle to juggle two terminal programs. I would like to
> try to switch back to the cmd.exe based Cygwin shell, and I can live
> without things like termios support, but I need 256 color support for
> vim color schemes. So my question is, is it possible to get 256 colors
> with Cygwin running on top of cmd.exe? I found something in this
> mailing from 2005 where someone said that cmd.exe only supports 16
> colors, but I'm hoping that perhaps that has improved in the 5 years
> time since, however unlikely it may be.

Unfortunately Microsoft didn't improve the console for ages.  They
introduced a new technique under the hood starting with W7, but it
doesn't improve the visible capabilities of the console.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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