I use Solarized on everything, so when I started using Ubuntu again, not having it on there wasn't really an option. Unforunately, there's no easy way to install it on Ubuntu, it's very much left to the user to work out what's going on. I'm gonna document the process here (for Solarized dark), but if you want to read more, here are the relevant links:
Set up the Solarized palette
Run the following commands in the terminal
gconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/use_theme_background" --type bool falsegconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/use_theme_colors" --type bool falsegconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/palette" --type string "#070736364242:#D3D301010202:#858599990000:#B5B589890000:#26268B8BD2D2:#D3D336368282:#2A2AA1A19898:#EEEEE8E8D5D5:#00002B2B3636:#CBCB4B4B1616:#58586E6E7575:#65657B7B8383:#838394949696:#6C6C7171C4C4:#9393A1A1A1A1:#FDFDF6F6E3E3"gconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/background_color" --type string "#00002B2B3636"gconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/foreground_color" --type string "#65657B7B8383"
Install the correct dircolors + set to autoload
Grab a copy of the dircolours file we need
curl https://raw.github.com/seebi/dircolors-solarized/master/dircolors.256dark > ~/.dircolors
Add the following to your
.(bash|zsh)rc to autoload them:
if [ -x /usr/bin/dircolors ]; thentest -r ~/.dircolors && eval "$(dircolors -b ~/.dircolors)" || eval "$(dircolors -b)"fi
Open a new terminal, and it should all be working
Add aliases to colourise everything
If after running the above commands it's still not working, make sure that ls has the colour flag set by running:
ls --color .
If it changes the output, you can add the following to your
.(bash|zsh)rc to force colour each time you run the command. I like
-F too, as it helps classify visually what everything is:
alias ls="ls -F --color"