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I've seen everywhere I look:

Edit .bash_profile on your home directory.

The thing is, I don't have any .bash_profile on my home directory.

At least I do pico ~/.bash_profile and I see nothing.

How can I colorize the ls output ?

Thanks a lot

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Perhaps we can just create it ? – MEM May 19 '12 at 16:48
yes I can indeed create it. :) – MEM May 19 '12 at 17:17
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Edit (or create) your ~/.bashrc to include the following:

# LS coloring
export CLICOLOR=1
export LSCOLORS=ExFxCxDxBxegedabagacad
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I've created a .bash_profile and place your lines inside. That worked. Some of my directories, not all, appear as a yellow/gold background - can you tell me why? Thanks. – MEM May 19 '12 at 17:04
Those are related with permissions on that folder. – MEM May 19 '12 at 17:17
ls -la

will show you all files in a long format that also includes permissions. Is the file really there? Do you have permission to read it?

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The file isn't there. The only thing similar perhaps is one called ".bash_history" – MEM May 19 '12 at 16:45

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