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10.4 `dircolors': Color setup for `ls'
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`dircolors' outputs a sequence of shell commands to set up the terminal
for color output from `ls' (and `dir', etc.).  Typical usage:

     eval "`dircolors [OPTION]... [FILE]`"

   If FILE is specified, `dircolors' reads it to determine which colors
to use for which file types and extensions.  Otherwise, a precompiled
database is used.  For details on the format of these files, run
`dircolors --print-database'.

   To make `dircolors' read a `~/.dircolors' file if it exists, you can
put the following lines in your `~/.bashrc' (or adapt them to your
favorite shell):

     d=.dircolors
     test -r $d && eval "$(dircolors $d)"

   The output is a shell command to set the `LS_COLORS' environment
variable.  You can specify the shell syntax to use on the command line,
or `dircolors' will guess it from the value of the `SHELL' environment
variable.

   The program accepts the following options.  Also see *note Common
options::.

`-b'
`--sh'
`--bourne-shell'
     Output Bourne shell commands.  This is the default if the `SHELL'
     environment variable is set and does not end with `csh' or `tcsh'.

`-c'
`--csh'
`--c-shell'
     Output C shell commands.  This is the default if `SHELL' ends with
     `csh' or `tcsh'.

`-p'
`--print-database'
     Print the (compiled-in) default color configuration database.  This
     output is itself a valid configuration file, and is fairly
     descriptive of the possibilities.


   An exit status of zero indicates success, and a nonzero value
indicates failure.