gnome terminal should highlight user entered text for easy parsing

Bug #400966 reported by njh on 2009-07-18
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs
vte (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-terminal

It's often hard to find an entered command in the text of a terminal. A simple solution to this would be to annotate the text entered by a user (or pasted perhaps) with a colour, or underline, or similar.

njh@flobber:~$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 8.10
Release: 8.10
njh@flobber:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-terminal
  Version table:
 *** 0
        500 intrepid-updates/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     2.24.1-0ubuntu1 0
        500 intrepid/main Packages

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Unfortunately we can't fix it, because your description didn't include enough information. You may find it helpful to read "How to report bugs effectively" We'd be grateful if you would then provide a more complete description of the problem.
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At a minimum, we need:
1. the specific steps or actions you took that caused you to encounter the problem,
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Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Incomplete
Tim Cole (tcole) wrote :

This seems clear-cut enough; the request is effectively for VteTerminal to show echoed input in a different style from text written to the ptty. This would require some changes to VteTerminal in libvte, and some changes to gnome-terminal to add corresponding preferences.

Changed in vte (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

someone interested on the change should send this to .

Changed in vte (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for vte (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in vte (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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