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I've downloaded a variety of colorschemes for vim, but none of the white background colorschemes that I've tried have worked in vim, only in gvim. I expect this has to do with the color limitations of the terminal.

I don't need 256 colors, but I would like a decent looking white background that gives some syntax highlighting in the regular Ubuntu 11.04 terminal window.


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The lightest background possible is a light gray.

:highlight Normal ctermfg=blue ctermbg=gray
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That question pointed out the obvious answer to my problem: change my terminal colors. – Eric Wilson Jun 13 '11 at 19:23


:highlight Normal ctermfg=blue ctermbg=none

to get a white background

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