[02] SSH Client Technical Support

These discussion groups are closed due to spam that could not be controlled within abilities of this support system.

For any technical or licensing inquiries about Bitvise SSH Client, please open a new support case.

Any information you find herein is outdated, and not applicable to our latest software versions.

How to change the color/font of terminal

The tunnelier is using some settings from the windows "command prompt" defaults but it modifies its color. How can one change the color of this terminal?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
You can change fonts the same way you're changing fonts in other console windows: right click window title bar - Properties - Fonts.

On the other hand, colors cannot be changed on the client. If you are connecting to a Windows SSH server you should be able to change colors by executing cmd.exe's color command.
Andrej Andolsek
Thursday, January 28, 2010
For people who spend a significant amount of time on terminal (like me), the font and color are key to reducing eye stress. One reason I hate Windows command prompt is because it has only 2 font options neither of which being very good. PuTTY, on the other hand, can use any font/color.

I just looked at Tunnelier yesterday and I liked many of its features. But the font/color of the terminal will hold me back from making it my default SSH client.

Thursday, January 28, 2010
> One reason I hate Windows command prompt is because it
> has only 2 font options neither of which being very good.

So what would fonts have to do to be any good?

In the future we plan to add support for foreground and background terminal color settings in Tunnelier. We don't plan to do anything regarding fonts though, because we would need to reinvent Windows Console.

Thank you for your feedback.
Andrej Andolsek
Thursday, January 28, 2010
There is a GPL windows console at http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/ .

Friday, January 29, 2010
Turns out changing the Tunnelier Terminal colors and font will change the Win console colors, but not the Tunnelier Terminal's itself!

It looks like a bug to me, unless there's some config I missed.

Any suggestions about how to change Terminal colors? Any config files I can update manually or such?

A fine product otherwise.
Cat Ivan
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
As I said before, you can change fonts, but you cannot change colors (unless if you got redefining them).

If you changed Windows Console settings globally, then you must have clicked Defaults instead of Properties (from the right click menu).
Andrej Andolsek
Thursday, February 11, 2010
While I accept that the terminal obviously doesn't handle color properly and that at present there is no way to change this, it does seem a little odd that this debate has been going on for what appears to be at least 4 years now (have a look at some of the other threads) without the issue being resolved. Andrej continuing to reinforce the point just doesn't help and the feature does seem to have been promised without materialising.

I've been using Secure Shell from SSH Communications Security Corp since 2005 and it is easy to change the foreground and background colors. I have it set to white background and black foreground. This allows me to see every ls listing perfectly without having to alter my server settings, including the dark blue of directory names. But I would like to change and I love Bitvise' SFTP client.

So if it was possible for a 5 year old terminal shell then why can't the terminal in Tunnelier be corrected so that it can do the same? It's the only thing that lets the whole package down, in my opinion, and is obviously a deal breaker for many. So how about it, Bitvise? A long overdue fix for a major bug-bear for your users?
Brian Vicary
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tunnelier's terminal simply was not designed with adjustable fg and bg colors in mind. For reasons beyond the scope of this forum, we decided that Tunnelier's terminal needs to be rewritten from ground up.

I'm afraid Tunnelier hasn't seen much development in recent years, except for bug fixes and easy to implement features. Tunnelier started as port forwarding SSH client (hence the name), and since then it matured to a fully featured SSH client. Tunnelier 4 is now at the end of development cycle; there are major changes (and rewrites) planned for 5 series.

Tunnelier 4 has its advantages and disadvantages, and so will the next 5 series. I'm afraid Tunnelier 4 is good enough to allow us to concentrate most of our efforts on WinSSHD - our milking cow. Btw, Tunnelier's rendering of WinSSHD's terminal is practically perfect thanks to bvterm protocol.

Luckily for you, there are many Tunnelier alternatives that you can choose from.
Andrej Andolsek
Thursday, February 11, 2010

This topic is archived. No further replies will be accepted.

Other recent topics Other recent topics
Powered by FogBugz