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Re: emacs -nw niggles

From: Tim Visher
Subject: Re: emacs -nw niggles
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:43:46 -0400

TERM=xterm should already be getting you the 8 color default theme. So it
sounds like the default color theme may have actually changed.
Unfortunately I'm not equipped to answer that.

I'll also say that many terminal emulators provide the ability to theme
them. So it may be that your terminal emulator has a 'high contrast' theme
of some sort that increases the contrast between the colors which emacs
will then inherit.

Good luck!

On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 9:36 AM, Richard Banach <> wrote:

> hi Tim,
> | `emacs -nw` is subject to the TERM settings of the terminal it's running
> | in. Depending on your distro that may be an 8 or 256 color variant. I'm
> | suspicious based on your descriptions that your TERM setting may have
> | changed recently.
> ok yes ......... but it wasn't that recent ... i've only just got round
> to trying to fix it
> | The 256 color default them of emacs is much more subtle
> | than the 8 color theme.
> i'm sure ... but with imperfect eyesight 'crude and brutal' works
> much better than 'subtle' for me :-)
> | You can see what your TERM setting is by `echo $TERM` and you can see how
> | many colors emacs thinks it can display by `M-x list-colors-display`.
> echo $TERM ... straightforwardly gives  'xterm'
> list-colors-display gives:
> black                                            #000000
> red                                              #cd0000
> green                                            #00cd00
> yellow                                           #cdcd00
> blue                                             #0000ee
> magenta                                          #cd00cd
> cyan                                             #00cdcd
> white                                            #e5e5e5
> in effect, if i could change the 'cd's to 'ff's in the above (as picked
> up by the keyword bindings for latex), i'd most likely be quite happy .....
> is there a way of achieving that in emacs itself? ... other TERMs are
> fine with the colours as is
> | FWIW, some terminals allow you to change the TERM setting to something
> else
> | if you'd prefer the 8 color variant.
> thanks
> richard.

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