I really really like the default (dark) color scheme in 16 colors terminal/tty emacs (TERM=xterm), but with some plugins like powerline, 16 colors doesn't cut it.

Hence I need to switch to 256colors (TERM=xterm-256color).

The thing is, all the default colors get really ugly in 256 colors, not only when editing c/c++ source files but also in the minibuffer, when selecting regions etc...

Does anybody have a link to a theme or a piece of code to get the good old 8 colors scheme back in 256 colors ?

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Does anybody have a link to a theme...

Solarized theme has options for lower terminal colors and degrade from 256 colors. Perhaps you can tweak that.

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