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Re: modeline face under a tty

From: Edward O'Connor
Subject: Re: modeline face under a tty
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 14:49:08 -0500
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> And then there's the case reported by Edward, where both colors were
> customized; this, again could be done either from within Emacs, or
> with -fg FOO -bg BAR, with or without -rv.

Well, not quite. In my case, I specifically customized the modeline
face's foreground and background; this is irrespective of -fg & -bg
type things, or at least it seems to me like it should be.

> How about "emacs -nw" on Windows?

The modeline is white-on-purple with or without filename args in this

> This happens due to a bug that's already fixed in the CVS[...]
> Please use the change below and see if the problem goes away (you
> will need to byte-compile startup.el and say "make install" in the
> Emacs source directory, since startup.el is preloaded).

Fantastic! Thanks, Eli! I'll recompile and see what happens.

> Note that by ``the problem'' I mean the fact that the mode-line
> colors differ dependent on whether you invoke Emacs with or without
> a file name on the command line.

Right. The inconsistency is definitely the bigger problem.

> After applying the diffs and rebuilding, I expect you to see a mode
> line with blue foreground on white background, in both cases.

Hmm. It seems that, as an interim solution, I can explicitly tell
Emacs to do the right thing with :inverse-video nil, but this is
problematic because, if for one reason or another I find myself on a
TTY incapable of color, I'd like the inverse video stuff to kick in.

> Whether this is a Good or a Bad Thing, is a separate discussion,
> which we can now have ;-)


Thanks again for all the help.


Edward O'Connor

Everybody knows the path to my heart begins at Dunkin' Donuts.

                -- David Brudnoy

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