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I'm using the solarized colorscheme for gvim. I'm using 'light' for normal editing. I want to switch to 'dark' when I invoke vim's internal shell (:sh). Is there a way to do this?

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You can only have one colorscheme at a time. Additionaly the pseudo-shell you get with :sh is very limited and, among other limitations, is unable to display colors.

Use a real terminal session instead, or CLI Vim.

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Yes - you can have only one color scheme. I was wondering if there's some kind of hook that gets called when the user switches to :sh - or if I could make a macro that does this. –  Utkarsh Sinha Jun 14 '12 at 4:38
    
The pseudo-shell doesn't support colors: you won't get colorized $ ls results or a fancy prompt. I'm not aware of an autocmd event that can be used for that purpose. –  romainl Jun 14 '12 at 4:45

Vim doesn't have an internal shell. It spawns a new shell as the foreground task, inside a "dumb" terminal emulation if using gvim.

The best way to get the same effect when using gvim is to spawn a xterm (or similar), by using :!xterm or similar. You can map that to a keyboard shortcut to make it quicker.

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