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Date:      Sun, 6 Dec 2020 16:55:10 -0700
From:      Gary Aitken <>
To:        Carl Johnson <>,
Subject:   Re: Xfce Terminal doesn't like blue?
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In-Reply-To: <86a6uqpr4n.fsf@elm.localnet>
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On 12/6/20 2:19 PM, Carl Johnson wrote:

> I have been having problems with color displays for a few days since I
> upgraded to the current xfce4.  I finally realized that the problem is
> that xfce terminal interprets the blue escape sequence as black, so that
> is unreadable since I use a black background.  I came up with the
> following line to demonstrate it, plus a good line.
>    echo 'this is \033[34mblue\033[m and \033[34;1mbright blue\033[m.'
>    echo 'this is \033[32mgreen\033[m and \033[32;1mbright green\033[m.'
> The blue characters is the first line are black, but the green
> characters actually display as green.  This only seems to happen on xfce
> terminal, and does not happen in xterm or even a virtual console.  Does
> anybody else have this, or is it some configuration problem of mine?
> Both cyan and purple work, so it isn't the monitor or cable.
> I am currently running xfce4-terminal- and the system is running
> FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE.

I'm running 11.4-RELEASE, and when I install the xfce4-terminal pkg and try
to run, it crashes with a missing symbol in the vte library.

$ xfce4-terminal

(xfce4-terminal:58355): VTE-WARNING **: 16:19:51.317: (../src/ vte_pty_spawn_with_fds_async(VtePty *, const char *, const char *const *, const char *const *, const int *, int, const int *, int, GSpawnFlags, GSpawnChildSetupFunc, gpointer, GDestroyNotify, int, GCancellable *, GAsyncReadyCallback, gpointer): runtime check failed: ((spawn_flags & forbidden_spawn_flags()) == 0)
/usr/local/lib/ Undefined symbol "fribidi_get_bracket_types"

However, if I
   pkg install bison
   cd /usr/ports/x11-toolkits/vte3
   make install
   cd /usr/ports/x11/xfce4-terminal
   make install

then run xfce4-terminal, the colors show up correctly.
Blue is really difficult to see on a black background, but blue is definitely
blue and bright blue is easy to see.

This is also xfce4-terminal
Don't know if this helps or not.


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