restorepalette(1)      Svgalib User Manual      restorepalette(1)

       restorepalette - set the color palette for textmode.

       restorepalette [filename]

       restorepalette  without  arguments  sets  the standard VGA
       palette. This can be useful if it is somehow messed up.

       With a filename argument a custom palette  can  be  loaded
       (feature  added  by  Charles  Blake  <chuckb@alice.wonder->).

       This allow a user to set up a file that  looks  like  this
       one  (These  color  map  definitions  are  the same as the
       default VGA ones.  Alter to suite  personal  tastes).  The
       first column contains the number of the color to set, then
       follow three integers in range 0 - 63 (lowest  to  highest
       intensity) for red, green, blue.

               0  0  0  0   # black
               1  0  0 42   # blue
               2  0 42  0   # green
               3  0 42 42   # cyan
               4 42  0  0   # red
               5 42  0 42   # magenta
               6 42 21  0   # brown
               7 42 42 42   # white
               8 21 21 21   # bright black
               9 21 21 63   # bright blue
              10 21 63 21   # bright green
              11 21 63 63   # bright cyan
              12 63 21 21   # bright red
              13 63 21 63   # bright magenta
              14 63 63 21   # bright brown
              15 63 63 63   # bright white

       The inline comments are the only kind of allowed, as I use
       a little fscanf(3) trick to get them. Blank lines are  ok,
       but  not  pure comment lines. See the comments in my code,

       This allows people to set up custom palettes  for  use  in
       virtual  console  text  modes. I use it all the time. When
       combined with a  color-syntax  editor  like  jed-0.97+  or
       color-ls,  etc.,  being  able to choose your own text-mode
       palette is quite a bonus. I set mine up via restorepalette
       /etc/palette  in  my /etc/rc.  If the program is given the
       correct  permissions,  then  individual  users  can   have
       restorepalette  ~/.palette  or  some  such  thing in their
       shell startup files.  Of course, it shouldn't be done when
       starting  remote  shells  or when under X, so some kind of
       test that TERM is a virtual console  is  needed  for  that

       svgalib(7),  vgagl(7), libvga(5), vga_setpalvec(3),
       dumpreg(1),  convfont(1),  fix132x43(1),   restorefont(1),
       restoretextmode(1),  runx(1), savetextmode(1), setmclk(1),

       This manual page was edited by Michael Weller <eowmob@exp->.  The  exact  source  of the referenced
       utility as  well  as  of  the  original  documentation  is

       It  is  very  likely that both are at least to some extent
       are due to Harm Hanemaayer <>.

       Occasionally this might be wrong. I  hereby  asked  to  be
       excused by the original author and will happily accept any
       additions or corrections to  this  first  version  of  the
       svgalib manual.

Svgalib (>= 1.2.11)         2 Aug 1997                          1