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bug#44689: 28.0.50; Use appropriate face for Flymake unknown backend

From: João Távora
Subject: bug#44689: 28.0.50; Use appropriate face for Flymake unknown backend
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 08:29:22 +0000

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 05:58 Protesilaos Stavrou <info@protesilaos.com> wrote:
On 2020-11-17, 16:30 +0000, João Távora <joaotavora@gmail.com> wrote:

>> [...]
>> just to point out that the "?" is easy to get.
>> On 'emacs -Q':
>>     (require 'flymake)
>>     (setq flymake-start-on-flymake-mode nil)
>> Now visit an '*.el' file.  Activate 'flymake-mode' and check the
>> modeline.
> Indeed, that's not a misconfiguration.  But I'd say it's an edge case:
> normally one does want to start checking when enabling flymake, I just
> kept that option there for backward compatibility.  I personally see no
> use for it, do you?

The fact that the option exists means that some people might be using
it.  Is there any immediate downside to keeping it around?  Personally,
I am fine with any decision you may take and agree that it is not what
one would normally expect when activating 'flycheck-mode'.

What I wanted to suggest when I opened this issue is merely this: if
this "edge case" option remains present, please consider reviewing the
face it uses (with 'mode-line-emphasis' being more appropriate than

Yes, I am totally fine with changing the face, or using some other character to indicate this situation. I just don't see it as super priority because it's an odd setting to have, in my opinion, but patches welcome.


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