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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times System 10.7
When using the 'Silver Aerogel' theme with Terminal, it blurs text underneath the window, but only if Terminal is the active application. I find the inconsistency a little jarring. Fortunately, this can be changed.

In Terminal, perform the following commands:
echo -e "defaults write com.apple.Terminal '" >| output.$$
defaults read com.apple.Terminal | sed -e 's/(BackgroundBlurInactive.*)0/11/' >> output.$$
echo ' >> output.$$
eval $(cat output.$$)
rm output.$$
NOTE: you may need to change this a little if you're not using bash. Presumably you know what to put if you've changed your shell. If you don't what that means, then you're using bash.

Quit Terminal. Now, when you relaunch it, your Aerogel windows will maintain the blur effect even if they're not the active window.

[kirkmc adds: I didn't go to the trouble of testing this, because blurred text gives me a headache. But that theme does, indeed, blur text by default. If anyone wants to confirm that this works...]
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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times
Authored by: locojohn on Mar 07, '12 07:47:15AM

Forget about Terminal.app. iTerm 2 is the ultimate free replacement for all your shell needs!

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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times
Authored by: gporter66 on Mar 07, '12 07:51:29AM

Alternatively, you could go into terminal preferences, under Aerogel window settings just move the blur slider under "inactive windows."



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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times
Authored by: DarthMagnus on Mar 07, '12 07:52:57AM

You can do this right from the GUI....

Open Terminal's preferences and the Settings tab.
Select Silver Aerogel (or any other theme you want this to work with) and select the Window tab
Click the "Color" tool and either uncheck "Inactive Windows" or adjust it to your desire.



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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times
Authored by: cycomachead on Mar 07, '12 08:53:34AM

Yeah, this is the best way! It also works for any theme you have.



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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times
Authored by: Sigma on Mar 07, '12 03:02:31PM

This seems like the way to go. I don't see the advantage of doing what the hint says.



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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 08, '12 06:04:02AM

Thanks for pointing this out. I don't use any kind of translucency in Terminal.

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Changes all settings!
Authored by: SeanAhern on Mar 07, '12 08:57:56AM

Watch out for that 'sed' command there. This changes ALL instances of BackgroundBlurInactive, not just one setting. I think DarthMagnus' suggestion is much better.



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10.7: Keep Silver Aerogel blur effect in Terminal at all times
Authored by: DaphneDiane on Mar 09, '12 07:41:00AM
I assume that the see command was supposed to have a backslash before the first 1 as well as for the parenthesis, so that it would restore the field name when setting the value, i.e.

sed -e 's/\(BackgroundBlurInactive.*\)0/\11/'

As it is it doesn't do anything because parenthesis aren't treated as a matching group, but instead matched directly. This might be a good thing though. As I agree with the others, that the right approach is to go the Terminal => Preferences… menu and change it there. Having the settings hidden in the "Background color" picker under the Window setting pane just seems a little inelegant to me. Also note that depending on the number of times that you click the color swatch, the extra fields for blur and inactive windows might or might not show up in the color picker.

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