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I am using 'zsh'. In some directory, when I do 'ls --color=tty'. I see some directories have 'blue text' with 'green background', which makes them hard to read.

Can you please tell me how to configure this?

Thank you.

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Assuming you are using GNU ls, you can specify the colors with the environment variable LS_COLORS (note that this is a GNU ls feature and not specific to zsh).

GNU Coreutils has a program called dircolors to help you convert an easy to edit configuration file into a proper (complicated) LS_COLORS variable. See man dircolors for the command, and man dir_colors for the configuration file syntax.

You can

  1. use dircolors --print-database >! dircolors.default to save the defaults (it contains some explanation text) and then modify it.
  2. Google for fancy pre-configured dircolors files (such as this https://github.com/seebi/dircolors-solarized (I've got no relation to this)).

Once done, you'll need dircolors to turn that into a proper LS_COLORS. Note that dircolors outputs in bash and csh formats, for zsh you should use the bash-formatted output.

PS: Use ls --color=auto instead of ls --color=tty.

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