Here's what I've found in my researches...
1) I can always
2) I can now SSH into my phone with putty and the colors are nice... but if I'm doing this over the cell modem (even EVDO), it's not too responsive (probably has some to do with currently running applications, syncs, and so forth)
3) I can use Droid Explorer and open a command shell from there, and the colors are nice... but Droid Explorer takes a lot longer to load than adb shell and the nice thing about being at my command prompt is if I need to push, pull, or remount (I understand I can always manually remount,rw and remount,ro from any shell, but adb makes it really easy to do with less typing) quickly... I can exit out of the shell, do the command, and go right back into the shell.
4) I can use Better Terminal Emulator on the phone... again... colors nice (I think you're seeing a theme here) but the typing is excruciating for long commands, and God forbid you make 1 typo... for quick things it's cool and to do a command while not at my computer, it's great.
5) If I were running Windows 95 (or maybe even XP), I could just use ansi.sys and do it. However, I've found that the only way ansi.sys works in a command prompt is to use COMMAND.COM and not CMD... plus you have to set CONFIG.NT to "dosonly" mode and include the driver in there... the biggest problem with all that is that adb will NOT run in DOS only mode. I even tried to adb shell from within a Cygwin command prompt (that already has colors enabled) but all the ansi color codes were lost.
So.... Here's my dilemma... I want colors when I'm not coming in through the Windows command prompt and adb shell. However, I want to disable the colors when I'm coming in through adb shell. I would probably settle for a different way to shell in from Windows 7 than the ones listed above.
I think I remember from my freshman year of college when they tried to teach me Unix, that you can set "default" command line switches for applications. For example, if you always wanted ls to do -l, then someplace you could set that as a default. I read on another post (possibly another forum) that somebody suggested editing .profile to do an alias of a command... something like
alias dir='ls --color=never'
I even read that the standard ls uses an environment variable LS_OPTIONS, but I don't think that the stock Android ls uses it, and I can't get busybox to use it - plus, it'd be a pain to type that in every time I do an adb shell.
Does anybody have any suggestions or tips or any way to do this? If the alias will work, I'd be happy with that. I could then set dir to no color and keep ls with color. I could maybe even remap a command to do a ls -l all the time.
Thanks in advance.