My snobbish conviction that Mac OS X is somehow an inferior operating system has been growing of late. I long to install Ubuntu 12.04 on my Power Mac at work (centrally managed by Oxford Physics IT services), just so that I don’t have to recompile every bloody component of my toolchain every time I start a new project.
Anyway, for evidence that Mac OS X isn’t a “proper” operating system, note the lack of colours in the default terminal profile. Microsoft Windows (vehemently not a proper operating system) also lacks colours on the command line by default. You do the maths.
To get colours in the terminal on a Mac, add the following to your
export CLICOLOR = 1