[Aptitude-devel] Bug#418361: aptitude: (some) aptitude colours suck

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Fri Feb 7 10:16:38 UTC 2014

Ops, hit send before writing the text.

For me, the default colours of aptitude are not particularly
eye-straining or anything like the combinations that you mention
(unless they were changed since the bug was submitted, but I don't
think so and I've been using aptitude for more than a decade).  "white
on blue is good. white on black is good", and those are the default
colours for me.  So unless you mean some special menus or error
messages, or that it behaves differently depending on the background
of the terminal (mine is black), I am not sure about what you are
talking about.

If you don't like "Light Blue on Orange is unreadable", just don't
switch to that theme or use those colours, I think that it's the
easiest solution.  It might have its uses though, e.g. if you want to
show aptitude running on openmoko to your friends in a rave.

And in general, I think that your tone is a bit inappropriate, because
no developer has to be forced to read books on design to publish
software that they create in their free time, or are expect to be
knowledgeable in every field.  Since you seem to be interested in that
field, perhaps you have suggestions of concrete things to fix, and it
will be more helpful, but this bug as it is is not very useful.

Here's the documentation about colours (also available installing


Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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