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Suckless Terminal

2015-11-12 linux ubergarm

I want pretty colors and fonts in neovim

suckless simple terminal st provides true color support out of the box and with argbbg patch to support transparent backgrounds through compton and scrollback it makes a fine replacement for rxvt-unicode (while there is a patch, it seems 256 colors out of the box may remain standard).

Clone and Patch


mkdir suckless && cd suckless
git clone http://git.suckless.org/st
cd st

Apply argbbg patch

git checkout -b argbbg
curl http://st.suckless.org/patches/st-git-20151129-argbbg.diff | git apply
git commit -am 'Applies argbbg patches'
git checkout master
git rebase argbbg master

Apply scrollback patches

git checkout -b scrollback
curl http://st.suckless.org/patches/st-git-20151122-scrollback.diff | git apply
curl http://st.suckless.org/patches/st-git-20151106-scrollback-mouse.diff | git apply
git commit -am 'Applies scrollback patches'
git checkout master
git rebase scrollback master

Optional Change Default Font

Plenty of lovely patched fonts available at powerline.

fc-list # to see what fonts you have installed
git checkout -b myfont

Edit config.def.h and change the font line to something like:

static char font[] = "DejaVu Sans Mono for Powerline:pixelsize=14:antialias=true:autohint=true";

Bring it together now

git commit -am 'Changes font to DejaVu Sans Mono for Powerline'
git checkout master
git rebase myfont master


sudo make install

Dynamic Font Change

You can skip the above font change and simply invoke like this.

st -f "DejaVu Sans Mono for Powerline:pixelsize=16:antialias=true:autohint=true" &

Color Test

awk 'BEGIN{
s="/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\"; s=s s s s s s s s;
for (colnum = 0; colnum<77; colnum++) {
    r = 255-(colnum*255/76);
    g = (colnum*510/76);
    b = (colnum*255/76);
    if (g>255) g = 510-g;
    printf "\033[48;2;%d;%d;%dm", r,g,b;
    printf "\033[38;2;%d;%d;%dm", 255-r,255-g,255-b;
    printf "%s\033[0m", substr(s,colnum+1,1);
printf "\n";




You’ll need to find a patched version of tmux to support true color in that handy terminal multiplexor.


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