Comment 13 for bug 421261

On Sun, 30 Aug 2009, Gavin McCullagh wrote:

>> X's default background for xterm is white; Debian sets it to black.
>> Redhat and some others leave it as white. (I generally prefer black,
>> since color contrasts work better against black).
> I prefer black too. I guess the issue here is, what colour does Ubuntu
> want it to be for an xterm and a uxterm? I would have thought that
> /etc/X11/app-defaults/XTerm-color having these lines:
> ! Set the default text foreground and background colors.
> *VT100*foreground: gray90
> *VT100*background: black
> suggests that black is what's intended. If that's the case we have a
> bug. I'm a little unsure now though, maybe they just want xterm's to be
> white by default and the above doesn't apply for some reason.

yes - I would think so, too. That is working as intended on my
Debian/testing using fvwm2. Usually the reason for it failing to work
would be some conflicting resource, e.g,. having reverseVideo set, or
having some color definitions set.

Thomas E. Dickey