thanks Martin - xrdb did save a lot of hassle. A few attempts and I found
color1 is the one I want...

>
> That's one of the reasons I like the xrdb route - it's instant with no need
> to restart X. I got very tired of doing that trying to work out which
> colours were which. Unfortunately, once I'd tracked done the ones I wanted,
> I threw away the bit of paper with them all written down :-( You could
> certainly try doing an xrdb of a seperate file initially, to get the
> colours as you want them, then implement them more permanently in
> .Xresources. From my settings, color0 matches to black (background) and
> 4&12 are blue (Fkey text on standard IBM screens) which are just cyan on an
> untweaked tn5250 install.
>
> Regards, Martin
> --


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