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modeline face under a tty

From: Edward O'Connor
Subject: modeline face under a tty
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 13:20:09 -0500

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In GNU Emacs 21.1.1 (i686-pc-linux-gnu, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars)
 of 2001-10-21 on george
Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: POSIX
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: nil
  locale-coding-system: nil
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug
and the precise symptoms of the bug:

(Before I get started, many congratulations on the release of Emacs
21; it's really quite awesome.)

I have the following lines in the Customize block of my custom-file:

 '(modeline ((t (:foreground "white" :background "darkslateblue"))))
 '(modeline-buffer-id ((t (:foreground "white" :background "darkslateblue"))))
 '(modeline-mousable ((t (:foreground "white" :background "darkslateblue"))))
 '(modeline-mousable-minor-mode ((t (:foreground "white" :background 

When I launch Emacs on a TTY with no arguments, Emacs inverse-videos
the modeline, so it appears to have a white background and a blue
foreground. M-x customize-face RET modeline RET says this:

            [X] Inverse-video: [Value Menu] On
            [X] Foreground: [Value Menu] Color: white       (sample)
            [X] Background: [Value Menu] Color: darkslateblue  (sample)

This is not what I want, as you can probably imagine from the
customize settings that actually appear in the file.

Now, here's where things get interesting: When I run Emacs with some
file or files as command-line arguments, my modeline appears as I want
it to, blue background and white foreground. When I M-x customize-face
RET modeline RET now, it says this:

            [ ] Inverse-video: [Value Menu] *
            [X] Foreground: [Value Menu] Color: white       (sample)
            [X] Background: [Value Menu] Color: darkslateblue  (sample)

Note that under X11, the modeline always appears as I like it to.

Recent input:
ESC x r e p o r TAB RET

Recent messages:
Loading font-lock...done
Loading /home/ted/elisp/local (source)...
Loading gnuserv-compat (source)...
Loading cl-macs...done
Loading gnuserv-compat (source)...done
Loading server...done
Loading easymenu...done
Loading /home/ted/elisp/local (source)...done
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Edward O'Connor

It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think of a
serious problem and decide that I must tell the Pope about it. Then I
wake up completely and remember that *I am the Pope.*

                -- Pope John the 23rd

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