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A minttyrc for black on white with red block cursor

I don’t particularly like the tradition of light text on dark backgrounds in everything that (shell) coders or Unix admins seem to use. But even the Jetbrains folks provide a Darcula theme now.

Anyway, I want more light in my mintty – which is the default Cygwin terminal – and an easy to find cursor:

oliver@windowsbox ~
$ cat .minttyrc 

BoldAsFont=yes
BoldAsColour=yes
BackgroundColour=240,220,180
ForegroundColour=0,0,0
CursorColour=255,0,0
CursorType=block
Black=0,0,0
BoldBlack=0,0,0
Red=160,0,0
BoldRed=80,0,0
Green=0,160,0
BoldGreen=0,80,0
Yellow=80,80,0
BoldYellow=40,40,0
Blue=0,0,160
BoldBlue=0,0,80
Magenta=100,0,60
BoldMagenta=50,0,30
Cyan=60,0,100
BoldCyan=30,0,50
White=60,60,60
BoldWhite=40,40,40
Font=Lucida Console
FontHeight=10

If you come across other colors that are too light to be readable on white background, just add more ColorName=0,0,0 lines in this file. Make sure you consult the related mintty reference documentation.

For existing work on more beautiful(?) but IMHO less ergonomic palettes of colors, you might want to check out these “Solarized” color configs for mintty.

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