[Bug 1581186] Re: mtr 0.86 doesn't respect terminal colors

Bug Watch Updater 1581186 at bugs.launchpad.net
Fri May 13 00:21:26 UTC 2016

** Changed in: mtr (Debian)
       Status: Unknown => New

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  mtr 0.86 doesn't respect terminal colors

Status in mtr package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in mtr source package in Xenial:
  Fix Committed
Status in mtr package in Debian:

Bug description:
  [ SRU Justification ]
  mtr 0.86 added more colours to the curses output, but this broke how it blends in with dark terminals with non-standard colours, and light terminals in general.

  While this is purely cosmetic, it's pretty ugly compared to mtr 0.85,
  and the fix is trivial and trivially verified as correct (or, more
  correct than 0.86) on several different terminal colour schemes.  As a
  man who uses mtr daily, it's been driving me mildly nuts.

  [ Solution ]
  Two commits upstream fix this, so it's a little more readable again on light terminals, and doesn't mess with non-standard terminals:


  [ Test Case ]
  Run old and new mtr on a variety of terminal schemes (default gnome-terminal, inverted gnome-terminal, default and inverted xterm, etc) to see if it's (a) as readable or more than before, (b) now shows sanely default bg colours, (c) works correctly with transparent backgrounds.

  The first point is somewhat subjective, though a quick test here shows
  that on "xterm -rv", the bold text has switched from some barely-
  readable grey-on-white to something approaching black-on-white, so I
  think this is moving in a winning direction.

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