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How can I use a color from 256-color template for screen's status bar items (hardstatus setting in .screenrc)? The screen manual (STRING ESCAPES section) only lists 10 colors to use for the status line.

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Screen by default only supports 8 bit colors, there's a batch that extends the color support to 256. But you should try tmux it supports 256 colors and, in my opinion, a superior alternative. – Ammar Alammar Jan 31 '12 at 19:55
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You can modify with termcapinfo command. Place the following code in your ~/.screenrc:

termcapinfo xterm 'Co#256:AB=\E[48;5;%dm:AF=\E[38;5;%dm'

This worked with

  • screen 4.1.0~201203
  • on Debian unstable amd64
  • with putty 0.61 on Windows, and
  • TERM is screen.

Someone says that you need more setting according to you setup. This blog post seems to be informative.

Hope this helps

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