I was puzzling today as to why vim was in black and white outside screen while in colour inside screen.

Posing the question to tcd netsoc’s guru, eoinmcl, revealed this tip: export TERM=xterm-color Pretty obvious really when you think about it I suppose but it just didn’t occur to me!

Of course, this command can be added to your .bashrc so that you don’t have to keep typing it.