john boris on 24 Aug 2014 10:05:06 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Question on using Putty on Windows 7 and irssi

Lawrence you may have given me the place to change the settings

I have been doing it in putty but instead I should have been looking in irssi

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Lawrence K. Chen, P.Eng. <> wrote:

Since all my Windows instances are virtualized now, I don't have a putty/irssi setup to look at.  But, I don't recall having to do anything special to putty's color settings.

Found an export of registry in old backup of my thumbdrive...

All my color values match default, the only change is I have "Indicate bolded text by changing: The colour"...but don't recall if I did this or the default has changed sometime in the last 8 years.

Aside from all three systems have since gone away (all due to failed power supplies too, though the last was I swiped its powersupply two Sunday's ago ... to avoid explaining why I don't have email at $WORK on Monday. (perhaps someday I'll move it into the cloud...)

You could try tweaking the theme for irssi, though I can't recall where that useful page on doing that was.  Or use a published theme.  Currently, I'm using the madcow.theme, which for timestamp it has:

  timestamp = "%K$*%n";

Dark Grey on Black.

I have made a small change to it, I changed 'sb_act_msg' from "%W$*%n" to "%Y%8$*%n";  There wasn't enough difference between white and bold white on blue to tell which channels have had activity.  So, I have it do bold yellow revere....

Who: Lawrence K. Chen, P.Eng. - W0LKC - Sr. Unix Systems Administrator
For: Enterprise Server Technologies (EST) -- & SafeZone Ally

On 2014-08-24 09:58, john boris wrote:

Yes it is the color settings. The issue now is which setting. The left most columns where the time stamp is not governed by foreground/background so I now have a daunting task of finding the correct combination as the defaults don't work

It is a royal PITA

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Brandon Allbery <> wrote:
On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM, Nate Childers <> wrote:
Have you tried changing the fonts you're using for putty? I can't really imagine anything else that would cause the problem as you described it.

I'd look at colors, myself; it sounds like the times are rendering in the background color.
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