One day I was looking through a tar file and looking for an executable. When I use
ls, I can do this at a glance by just looking for green filenames, as I always have my
ls configured to show executable files in green. It occurred to me that it would be nice to see the same kind of coloring when looking at the contents of tar files with
tar tvf. Thus,
TarColor was born. It was a quick Perl script to scratch my own itch. I thought others might find it useful, so I put it on GitHub and CPAN.
You can use tarcolor manually like this:
$ tar tvf some_tarball.tgz | tarcolor ... colored output ...
There is also a bundled shell script (for bash and zsh) that makes tar automatically pipe its output through tarcolor:
$ source /usr/local/etc/tarcolor/tarcolorauto.sh $ tarcolorauto on $ tar tvf some_tarball.tgz ... colored output ... $ tarcolorauto off $ tar tvf some_tarball.tgz ... normal uncolored output ...
Colors can be customized using the
TAR_COLORS environment variables:
$ export LS_COLORS='di=01;34:ln=01;36:ex=01;32:so=01;40:pi=01;40:bd=40;33 :cd=40;33:su=0;41:sg=0;46'
The format for
TAR_COLORS is the same format used by
LS_COLORS (used by GNU
ls). So if you use GNU ls and have your
LS_COLORS set, then tarcolor will use similar colors as
ls. If you want to tweak your colors and don’t want to edit
LS_COLORS manually, you might try this online