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    Openbox - black font on black background in terminal window

    Folks,

    Environment: Ubuntu 13.04 + Openbox

    When I open a terminal window, I do not see the prompt. All I see is a black background. If I type "ls," for example, I see the list of files. My guess is that the font color for prompt as well as input text has been set to black.

    Using "XTerm*Foreground" and "XTerm*Background" in .Xresources and well as .Xdefaults doesn't seem to make any difference.

    Fortunately, I have found a workaround. I blindly type "xterm -bg white &" to open a new xterm.

    I am wondering if there is a way to fix this problem.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Regards,
    Peter

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    Re: Openbox - black font on black background in terminal window

    I am running Ubuntu 13.04 minimal with LightDM-GTK-Greeter + Openbox as my WM. I never much cared for xterm. I use lxterminal. It doesn't have any dependencies, and it is light-weight.
    Last edited by dbass81; June 28th, 2013 at 11:22 PM.

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    Re: Openbox - black font on black background in terminal window

    Thank you for your help. lxterminal seems to work great. Plus, it has a scrollbar that xterm didn't have.

    Do you just edit menu.xml and replace "x-terminal-emulator" with "lxterminal" or is there a better way?

    Regards,
    Peter

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    Re: Openbox - black font on black background in terminal window

    Are you trying to replace xterm with lxterminal? Just run "sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator" and pick lxterminal.

    If you mean the openbox menu use obmenu, you will need to install it its not installed by default.

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    Re: Openbox - black font on black background in terminal window

    Thank you for your help.

    Regards,
    Peter

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