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restorepalette(1)             Svgalib User Manual            restorepalette(1)

       restorepalette - set the color palette for textmode.

       restorepalette [filename]

       restorepalette  without arguments sets the standard VGA palette. This can be useful if it is somehow messed up.

       With a filename argument a custom palette can be loaded (feature added by Charles  Blake  <chuckbATalice.wonder->).

       This  allow  a  user to set up a file that looks like this one (These color map definitions are the same as the
       default VGA ones.  Alter to suite personal tastes). The first column contains the number of the color  to  set,
       then follow three integers in range 0 - 63 (lowest to highest intensity) for red, green, blue.

               0  0  0  0   # black
               1  0  0 42   # blue
               2  0 42  0   # green
               3  0 42 42   # cyan
               4 42  0  0   # red
               5 42  0 42   # magenta
               6 42 21  0   # brown
               7 42 42 42   # white
               8 21 21 21   # bright black
               9 21 21 63   # bright blue
              10 21 63 21   # bright green
              11 21 63 63   # bright cyan
              12 63 21 21   # bright red
              13 63 21 63   # bright magenta
              14 63 63 21   # bright brown
              15 63 63 63   # bright white

       The  inline  comments  are the only kind of allowed, as I use a little fscanf(3) trick to get them. Blank lines
       are ok, but not pure comment lines. See the comments in my code, also.

       This allows people to set up custom palettes for use in virtual console text modes. I use it all the time. When
       combined  with  a color-syntax editor like jed-0.97+ or color-ls, etc., being able to choose your own text-mode
       palette is quite a bonus. I set mine up via restorepalette /etc/palette in my /etc/rc.  If the program is given
       the  correct  permissions, then individual users can have restorepalette ~/.palette or some such thing in their
       shell startup files.  Of course, it shouldn't be done when starting remote shells or when under X, so some kind
       of test that TERM is a virtual console is needed for that case.

       svgalib(7),  vgagl(7),  libvga.config(5),  vga_setpalvec(3),  dumpreg(1),  convfont(1),  fix132x43(1), restore-
       font(1), restoretextmode(1), runx(1), savetextmode(1), setmclk(1), textmode(1).

       This manual page was edited by Michael Weller <>. The exact source  of  the  refer-
       enced utility as well as of the original documentation is unknown.

       It is very likely that both are at least to some extent are due to Harm Hanemaayer <>.

       Occasionally this might be wrong. I hereby asked to be excused by the original author and will  happily  accept
       any additions or corrections to this first version of the svgalib manual.

Svgalib (>= 1.2.11)               2 Aug 1997                 restorepalette(1)