PuTTY wish 256-colours

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summary: Support for more colours
class: wish: This is a request for an enhancement.
difficulty: fun: Just needs tuits, and not many of them.
depends: compressed-scrollback
priority: low: We aren't sure whether to fix this or not.
fixed-in: 2004-11-29 (0.58) (0.59) (0.60)

It's been suggested that PuTTY could usefully support xterm's 256-colour mode (ESC [ 38;5;XX m and ESC [ 48;5;XX m, where XX is a colour index from 0-255).

This would be a pretty easy piece of work, now that we have plenty of free bits in the attribute word in the termchar structure. However, I'm currently unaware of any applications that use it, aside from a vague suggestion that people might put 256-colour codes in their colour ls settings.

If anyone gives us a good reason why we should want to implement this, I'll probably just go ahead and do it.

(<1042233614.1153.15.camel@evilmagic.org> contains a patch to implement this, but it's very out of date.)

SGT, 2004-11-28: this is now done, and I don't think I've broken anything else en route.

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(last revision of this bug record was at 2004-11-28 15:13:34 +0000)