How To Set (Or Reset) Initial Terminal Colors

The following shell script should work for VGA consoles:

for n in 1 2 4 5 6 7 8; do
setterm -fore yellow -bold on -back blue -store > /dev/tty$n

Substitute your favorite colors, and use /dev/ttyS$n for serial

To make sure they are reset when people log out (if they've been

Replace the references to getty (or mingetty or uugetty or whatever)
in /etc/inittab with references to /sbin/mygetty.

setterm -fore yellow -bold on -back blue -store > $1
exec /sbin/mingetty $@

[Jim Dennis]
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