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I've noticed that KDE's konsole terminal program uses different colors depending on what is in the file system, such as a directory, a compressed file, a socket, a shared directory, et cetera.

I looked through the konsole documentation (konsole handbook) but I did not see anywhere that described what each number corresponds to for both regular and intense settings. Any ideas where I might be able to find such a reference?

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As ADwarf explains, this has nothing to do with KDE or Konsole. It's all about the ls program. You'll see the same colors in gnome or even if you run a non-X Windows login session. –  DaveParillo Oct 28 '09 at 18:52

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You get that information from man ls and following the link down the page to ls environment variables.

Colors are controlled by the LSCOLORS environment variable. From the documentation above:

 LSCOLORS        The value of this variable describes what color to use
	     for which attribute when colors are enabled with
	     CLICOLOR.	This string is a concatenation of pairs of the
	     format fb, where f is the foreground color and b is the
	     background color.

	     The color designators are as follows:

		   a	 black
		   b	 red
		   c	 green
		   d	 brown
		   e	 blue
		   f	 magenta
		   g	 cyan
		   h	 light grey
		   A	 bold black, usually shows up as dark grey
		   B	 bold red
		   C	 bold green
		   D	 bold brown, usually shows up as yellow
		   E	 bold blue
		   F	 bold magenta
		   G	 bold cyan
		   H	 bold light grey; looks like bright white
		   x	 default foreground or background

	     Note that the above are standard ANSI colors.  The actual
	     display may differ depending on the color capabilities of
	     the terminal in use.

	     The order of the attributes are as follows:

		   1.	directory
		   2.	symbolic link
		   3.	socket
		   4.	pipe
		   5.	executable
		   6.	block special
		   7.	character special
		   8.	executable with setuid bit set
		   9.	executable with setgid bit set
		   10.	directory writable to others, with sticky bit
		   11.	directory writable to others, without sticky
			bit

	     The default is "exfxcxdxbxegedabagacad", i.e. blue fore-
	     ground and default background for regular directories,
	     black foreground and red background for setuid executa-
	     bles, etc.
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