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I've been trying to decorate my Terminal on my MacOSX 10.7.3. As i surfed and found is to write following color codes into the file called .bash_profile:

export CLICOLOR=1
export LSCOLORS=GxFxCxDxBxegedabagaced


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In first place you should use the terminal preferences under the menu Terminal > Preferences > Settings to change this kind of things. (Or maybe not)

If you still want to go text mode, since OS X is UNIX based, you should be able to create the file .bash_profile inside your home directory and it will be loaded.

You need to: touch ~/.bash_profile

Then open the file vi ~/.bash_profile, press i to enter in text insert mode, paste your text and press esc them type :wq, press enter and the file should be saved.

Your options should be like this

export LS_OPTIONS='--color=auto'
export CLICOLOR='Yes'
export LSCOLORS=''
export LSCOLORS='Bxgxfxfxcxdxdxhbadbxbx'
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Don't link them, since the .bashrc file gets read after .bash_profile on any login terminal. That would cause it to be read twice. If you want something to work everywhere, put it in the .bashrc file. – Spencer Rathbun Jun 5 '12 at 12:30
@SpencerRathbun at least in OSX if I place the options only under .bashrc they won't take effect. Maybe they are overwritten by the setting on the OSX Terminal GUI. Placing them only at .bash_profile works fine for local logins. – TCB13 Jun 5 '12 at 12:35
There's no need to touch the file before you edit it or before you echo >> (append, or even echo > - overwrite). – Dennis Williamson Jun 5 '12 at 12:45
@TCB13 according to the bash man page, there are various options that can have this effect. The biggest one is that if a shell is a login shell, it does not read .bashrc by default. This is why most people have .bash_profile source .bashrc. See here for an example. – Spencer Rathbun Jun 5 '12 at 13:04
Terminal options will not allow customisation of ls output colours – you can define the colour scheme there, but is mapping to coloured directory listings is up to LSCOLOR. Also note that --color=auto has no effect on OS X whatsoever, as OS X uses BSD’s external ls command. The correct option for coloured output with that is -G, but that isn’t needed either, as it is equivalent to setting CLICOLOR (see the ls man page). – kopischke Jun 8 '12 at 16:36

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