When you log in on the console of your Linux System, you are usually presented with a login screen with information about the system you are about to log in on. You can change what you see on your login screen as well as adding a bit of colour.
When your GNU/Linux system boots it starts getty processes on a number of virtual terminals on your system. When getty starts it prints the contents of /etc/issue to the terminal. It is this file that can be modified to customise the look of your console.
You can add colour to your console through the use of escape sequences
that can be used to change the appearance of text on screen. For
example, you could pipe the output from the following script into
/etc/issue to try it out (perhaps take a backup copy of
The line responsible for the color is:
In this case the 44;37 specifies White on Blue. To produce a nice
colout table on your terminal, to see what is available, you can run
the following code (either cut-n-paste it into a terminal or else save
it to a file and execute that file, as we did above:
The scripts above originated from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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