To install this package, run in Emacs:
M-x package-install RET greenbar RET
For us old neck beards, who learned to write software on punch cards and print out our code and output on wide line printers, it was helpful to have alternating bands of subtle background coloring to guide our eyes across the line on the page. Reading long rows of text across a 14 7/8" page, it was very easy to loose your place vertically while scanning the page horizontally. The subtle background shading was often done with pale bands of green alternating with the white of the paper. Paper pre-printed with the pale green bars was often referred to as "green bar" and the technique is also referred to as "zebra striping." In Emacs, in `ps-print.el' (PostScript print facility), the feature is enabling with the `ps-zebra-stripes' setting. To enable `greenbar-mode' in your `comint-mode' buffers, add the following to your Emacs configuration: (add-hook 'comint-mode-hook #'greenbar-mode) If you want to enable `greenbar-mode' only in a single mode derived from `comint-mode', then you need to add `greenbar-mode' only to the desired derived mode hook. Adding `greenbar-mode' to `comint-mode-hook' enables it for all comint derived modes. The variable `greenbar-color-theme' is a list of predefined bar background colors. Each element of the list is a list: the first member of which is a symbol that is the name of the theme; the rest of the list are color names which are used as background colors for successive bands of lines. The variable `greenbar-color-list' controls which set of color bars are to be applied. The value is either a name from color theme defined in `greenbar-color-themes' or it is a list of color names. The variable `greenbar-lines-per-bar' controls how many output lines are displayed using each band's background color. By default, input lines are not highlighted, but if `greenbar-highlight-input' is set to a non-nil value, then input is also highlighted with green bars as well. Suggestions for other background color themes are always welcome.