RXVT Unicode, 256 colors and Ubuntu

by EEVa

I’m sure many of you heard about or use rxvt-unicode (aka urxvt). This a quick link to a tutorial to make it support 256 colors, in a clean way.

There are quite a lot of tutorials on the internet about 256 colors support in this terminal emulator, and some are quite ugly (quick hack style). I’d like to recommend on method I like, that preserves coherence (don’t declare your terminal as xterm-256 colors if it is not !) and is easy to execute. The downside is that it is written for Debian/Ubuntu, but it is possible to transpose it for another distro or UNIX-like OS.

The use of some color scheme on Vim without the full color support is quite a pain for the eye, and using method to approximate 256 colors in 88 (the default support in urxvt) is often not satisfactory.

You can find the full procedure there : http://scie.nti.st/2008/10/13/get-rxvt-unicode-with-256-color-support-on-ubunut

Plus, if you are looking for real-transparency tweaks, mine are posted thereafter.
Transparent URxvt on Ubuntu

olitin@fox:~$ cat .Xdefaults
URxvt*font:                 xft:monospace:pixelsize=12
URxvt*borderLess:           false
URxvt*externalBorder:       0
URxvt*internalBorder:       0
URxvt*scrollBar:            false
URxvt*depth:                32
URxvt*background:           [90]#000000
URxvt*foreground:           #ffffff
URxvt*cursorColor:          #ffffff
URxvt*cursorColor2:         #000000
URxvt*cursorBlink:          false
URxvt*inheritPixmap:        false
URxvt*saveLines:            8000
URxvt*scrollTtyOutput:      false
URxvt*scrollTtyKeypress:    true
URxvt*mouseWheelScrollPage: false
URxvt*cutchars:             `'",;@&*=|?()<>[]{}
URxvt.urlLauncher:          firefox
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