Ubuntu – Byobu doesn’t show the colourful status line


I just followed this How to get byobu to launch tmux instead of screen? and updated byobu on my Ubuntu 11.04 64bit notebook.

When I was using the old version from Ubuntu repos, there always was this colorful status line. With the new version, I no longer see it. I selected tmux as the backend, but the result looks like a bare-bone screen.

Furthermore, F9 shows only 4 options:

  • Help
  • Toggle status notifications
  • Change escape sequence
  • Byobu currently does not launch at login (toggle on)

BTW, here is what I have in my $HOME/.byobu:

zperry@nb1:~/.byobu$ ls -l
total 32
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry   19 2012-05-27 23:06 backend
lrwxrwxrwx 1 zperry zperry   33 2012-05-28 00:08 byobu ->   /home/zperry/.local/share/byobu
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry   38 2012-05-27 23:43 color
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry    0 2012-05-27 22:59 disable-autolaunch
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry   43 2012-05-27 23:43 keybindings
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry   58 2012-05-27 23:05 keybindings.tmux
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry   40 2012-05-27 23:43 profile
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry   43 2012-05-27 23:43 profile.tmux
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry    0 2012-05-27 23:39 reload-required
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry 1802 2012-05-28 00:08 status
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry    0 2012-05-27 23:22 status.disable
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry 1368 2012-05-27 23:43 statusrc
-rw-r--r-- 1 zperry zperry    0 2012-05-27 23:43 windows

Any hints as to how I can recover the colourful status line, and these missing options?

Best Answer

In you case, you have explicitly disabled your status line, as you can tell by the flag file status.disable. You can either remove this file or run byobu-quiet --undo.

It looks like you figured this out and answered your own question in the comment. As to your new question in your comment, we have disabled a few of the infrequently used and hard to maintain menu options, which includes the background/foreground color setting.

To set the foreground/background colors, you have two options now:

  • Press ctrl-shift-F5 to set it to a random 256-color combination
  • Or manually edit $HOME/.byobu/color.tmux

Full disclosure: I'm the author and maintainer of Byobu.