How to Fix Unreadable Directory Listings within Shell

You may find that when listing directories within the shell and when using a black background that the directory names aren't clearly readable.

To resolve this issue the following command and then log back in.  This command will issue a find and replace against the color setting (for directory listings) within the necessary configuration file.

sed -i 's/DIR 00;34/DIR 00;31/g' /etc/DIR_COLORS.xterm

Tags: Linux, Sed

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