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I want to write notes (in HTML format) when learning linux. When I need to note colorful terminal text output, I want the color of terminal text can be remained in my notes, eg:

Note 1: Test

The output of xx command is

[root@webserver ~]# ll /
total 100
drwxrwxrwt.   7 root root  4096 8月  24 12:22 <span style='background-color:green; color:blue;'>tmp</span>
drwxr-xr-x.  14 root root  4096 7月  19 21:20 <span style='color:blue;'>usr</span>

I can manually add HTML code wrapper around the plain text, but I hope there's an automatical way to achieve that.

Currently, I'm using putty on Windows to connnect to remote CentOS linux server.

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you want to copy data from terminal to buffer and when you paste it in notepad you expected to seen html near color words? – Ishikawa Yoshi Aug 24 '12 at 7:35
yes, that's what i wanted. i think this can be done in terminal emulator software (translate control characters into HTML), but i don't know if there's such emulator has such function. – LiuYan 刘研 Aug 24 '12 at 7:41
thanks for the link, i didn't notice that option before. however that's a slight different question, i want the paste to be HTML code, not rich text format (and my RTF paste seems malformed characters). – LiuYan 刘研 Aug 24 '12 at 8:27
1 maybe this link also helps you – Ishikawa Yoshi Aug 24 '12 at 8:38

Use the script utility to capture the terminal output to a file (ansi color control characters included) and then convert it to html with ansi2html script. Eg:

inigo:tmp> script
Script started, file is typescript
inigo:tmp> ls
# lots of colour output
inigo:tmp> exit
Script done, file is typescript
inigo:tmp> cat typescript  | > typescript.html

If using PuTTY, "All session output" login option will also keep the ansi color codes.

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Awesome, made my day! Thanks! – georg Nov 12 '14 at 12:29

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