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I want to use a base16 colorscheme from here. The steps I followed:

  1. cloned the repo
  2. ran the scripts
  3. changed the terminal profile to base16-default (which did change the colors)

This is the result compared with the screenshot in the repository's readme.


I'm running 12.04. Here's some more info.

$ echo $TERM

And my .bashrc.

# ~/.bashrc: executed by bash(1) for non-login shells.
# see /usr/share/doc/bash/examples/startup-files (in the package bash-doc)
# for examples

# If not running interactively, don't do anything
[ -z "$PS1" ] && return

# don't put duplicate lines in the history. See bash(1) for more options
# ... or force ignoredups and ignorespace

# append to the history file, don't overwrite it
shopt -s histappend

# for setting history length see HISTSIZE and HISTFILESIZE in bash(1)

# check the window size after each command and, if necessary,
# update the values of LINES and COLUMNS.
shopt -s checkwinsize

# make less more friendly for non-text input files, see lesspipe(1)
[ -x /usr/bin/lesspipe ] && eval "$(SHELL=/bin/sh lesspipe)"

# set variable identifying the chroot you work in (used in the prompt below)
if [ -z "$debian_chroot" ] && [ -r /etc/debian_chroot ]; then
debian_chroot=$(cat /etc/debian_chroot)

# set a fancy prompt (non-color, unless we know we "want" color)
case "$TERM" in
xterm-color) color_prompt=yes;;

# uncomment for a colored prompt, if the terminal has the capability; turned
# off by default to not distract the user: the focus in a terminal window
# should be on the output of commands, not on the prompt

if [ -n "$force_color_prompt" ]; then
if [ -x /usr/bin/tput ] && tput setaf 1 >&/dev/null; then
# We have color support; assume it's compliant with Ecma-48
# (ISO/IEC-6429). (Lack of such support is extremely rare, and such
# a case would tend to support setf rather than setaf.)

if [ "$color_prompt" = yes ]; then
PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '
PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '
unset color_prompt force_color_prompt

# If this is an xterm set the title to user@host:dir
case "$TERM" in
PS1="\[\e]0;${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h: \w\a\]$PS1"

# enable color support of ls and also add handy aliases
if [ -x /usr/bin/dircolors ]; then
test -r ~/.dircolors && eval "$(dircolors -b ~/.dircolors)" || eval "$(dircolors -b)"
alias ls='ls --color=auto'
#alias dir='dir --color=auto'
#alias vdir='vdir --color=auto'

alias grep='grep --color=auto'
alias fgrep='fgrep --color=auto'
alias egrep='egrep --color=auto'

# some more ls aliases
alias ll='ls -alF'
alias la='ls -A'
alias l='ls -CF'

# Add an "alert" alias for long running commands. Use like so:
# sleep 10; alert
alias alert='notify-send --urgency=low -i "$([ $? = 0 ] && echo terminal || echo error)" "$(history|tail -n1|sed -e '\''s/^\s*[0-9]\+\s*//;s/[;&|]\s*alert$//'\'')"'

# Alias definitions.
# You may want to put all your additions into a separate file like
# ~/.bash_aliases, instead of adding them here directly.
# See /usr/share/doc/bash-doc/examples in the bash-doc package.

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
. ~/.bash_aliases

# enable programmable completion features (you don't need to enable
# this, if it's already enabled in /etc/bash.bashrc and /etc/profile
# sources /etc/bash.bashrc).
if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then
. /etc/bash_completion

Why is it showing wrong colors in my terminal?

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Have you set set t_Co=256 in vimrc? –  edwin Jan 25 at 17:03
Yes, but the problem not only about vim. I don't use a vim colorscheme; the colors in the shell are just the same. –  Chiel92 Jan 25 at 17:10
What terminal are you using, GNOME's, Xfce's? Have you checked the colors in the preferences? (Also, don't expect Vim or the terminal to pick up the color combinations automagically :) –  edwin Jan 25 at 17:15
As the title and tags say, I use the gnome-terminal. And yes, I activated the colorscheme. –  Chiel92 Jan 25 at 17:17
Can you upload your bashrc? And can you edit the question to reflect the steps you follow, please? –  edwin Jan 25 at 17:30

2 Answers 2

If I'm not mistaken, you should also run appropriate shell script in your bashrc.


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I don't believe this is correct for Gnome Terminal, which has its own color profile scheme that can be (and is) used by base16. –  Andrew Moylan Sep 7 at 23:47

The Gnome Terminal profiles for base16 seem to only use 10 of the 16 colors. It may be a bug. I reported it as this issue in the base16-builder repository.

I think this means that the only solution for now is to either fix the issue in base-16 builder, or else manually set the 16 colors in Gnome Terminal.

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