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Re: shuddering initial frame, dump-emacs, source

From: V. L. Simpson
Subject: Re: shuddering initial frame, dump-emacs, source
Date: 28 Feb 2004 09:23:04 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

>>>>> "Joe" == Joe Corneli <address@hidden> writes:

    > The look of my emacs is pretty heavily customized (font, color,
    > absence of menubar, etc. are different from the standard
    > settings).  When I load Emacs, it shudders and flashes
    > spasmodically as it transforms itself from the white background
    > with a small font and a menubar to the black background with a
    > large font and no menubar.  I've considered running dump-emacs
    > (but I can't get it to work, can anyone?) - and other than that
    > I don't know how to change the style of the default frame. Is
    > there a way to change the load order so that Emacs never goes
    > into the small font, white background mode?  Maybe I should
    > rebuild by hand?  Any suggestions?  What are people using to
    > deal with heavily customized emaces?

You can set your options in .Xresources and then set the same options
in your emacs init file using 'initial-frame-alist' variable.

My setup follows: 

! emacs
emacs*background: DarkBlue
emacs*foreground: Wheat
emacs.geometry: 80x55+70+10
emacs.font: "-adobe-courier-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*"
Emacs.MenuBar: off
Emacs.ToolBar: 0
Emacs.ScrollBars: off

Elisp code:
(cond (window-system
       (setq initial-frame-alist
             '((top . 10) (left . 70)
               (width . 80) (height . 55)
               (font . "-adobe-courier-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*")))
       (setq default-frame-alist
             '((top . 5) (left . 55)
               (width . 80) (height . 25)
               (font . "-adobe-courier-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*")))
       (blink-cursor-mode -1)
       (auto-image-file-mode 1)
       (tool-bar-mode -1)
       (tooltip-mode -1)
       (mouse-avoidance-mode 'jump)))

More details are in the manual.  Look up frames and Xresources.

Have fun,

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