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Term::ANSIColor version 1.08 (A simple ANSI text attribute control module) Copyright 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 Russ Allbery <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Zenin <email@example.com>. This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. I welcome bug reports and patches for this package at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please be aware that I tend to be extremely busy and to get a lot of mail. I'll save your mail and get to it as soon as I can, but depending on how busy I am it may take me a couple of months. INTRODUCTION This module grew out of a thread on comp.lang.perl.misc where several of us were throwing around different ways to print colored text from Perl scripts and Zenin posted his old library to do that. I (Russ) disagreed with the implementation and offered my own (the color() and colored() functions implemented in this package), Zenin convinced me that the constants had their place as well, and we started figuring out the best ways of implementing both. While ANSI color escape codes are fairly simple, it can be hard to remember the codes for all of the attributes and the code resulting from hard-coding them into your script is definitely difficult to read. This module is designed to fix those problems, as well as provide a convenient interface to do a few things for you automatically (like resetting attributes after the text you print out so that you don't accidentally leave attributes set). Despite its name, this module can also handle non-color ANSI text attributes (bold, underline, reverse video, and blink). It uses either of two interfaces, one of which uses "constants" for each different attribute and the other of which uses two subs which take strings of attributes as arguments. The most recent version of this module is available at its web site: <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/software/ansicolor/> See the POD documentation for complete details, features, and usage. This module is distributed as part of the Perl core distribution as of Perl 5.6.0. You only need to install this module if you want a newer version than came with Perl or if you have an old version of Perl. INSTALLATION Follow the standard installation procedure for Perl modules, which is to type the following commands: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install You'll probably need to do the last as root. If instead you wish to install the module by hand, simply copy it into a directory named Term in your Perl library directory. Note that make install, for Perl 5.6.0 or later, will replace the Term::ANSIColor that came with Perl. You may wan to save a backup copy of the standard version first. THANKS To Jon Lennox for looking at early versions of this module, providing feedback, and offering suggestions for improvement. To Jesse Taylor for writing the first significant script to use this module (colorized calsplit), thus offering innumerable opportunities to test and debug. To Jean Delvare for providing documentation of what the various attributes do on various different terminal emulators, and for noting that attribute 2 is dark. To Edward Avis for the implementation of uncolor. To Rani Pinchuk for the idea of ANSI_COLORS_DISABLED and an initial implementation. To ATricket for the information about what PuTTY, Windows telnet, and OpenSSH under Cygwin support. To Richard Maus for pointing out DARK was missing from the exported constants list and CYAN and WHITE were missing from the documentation. To Larry Wall, as always, for Perl.