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Re: unexpected behavior of the dotemacs

From: Artur Hefczyc
Subject: Re: unexpected behavior of the dotemacs
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 22:25:48 +0200


I had the same problem before.
There are some applications and windows managers which
enforces their own palettes. (KDE for example)
There are some solutions to that case.

The one - simplest is to set default colours for your frames in the
following way:
;;; Setup initial emacs frames (windows) location and size
(setq default-frame-alist
      '((wait-for-wm . nil)
        (top . 0) (left . 0)
        (width . 85) (height . 40)
        (background-color . "gray15")
        (foreground-color . "limegreen")
        (cursor-color . "LightGoldenrod")
        (mouse-color . "yellow")
(setq initial-frame-alist
      '((top . 45) (left . 300)
;;        (width . 105) (height . 40)

This way works in most cases.
The another way is to use colour theme for emacs as someone
else suggested:

Next solution is to turn off enforcing colours for other applications
in your window manager. It is known problem in KDE and it is even
described in emacs "Known problems" C-h P under emacs.
Search for 'kde' string - second one describes colour problem:
Part of this description is:
Alternatively, if you do want the KDE defaults to apply to other
applications, but not to Emacs, you could modify the file `'
(should be in the `/usr/share/apps/kdisplay/app-defaults/' directory)
so that it doesn't set the default background and foreground only for
Emacs.  For example, make sure the following resources are either not
present or commented out:




Additionally you can look in my site where I started to collect some
knowledge about emacs. You can find there also sample dotemacs file.

> I try to turn the background dark green ("DarkSlateGray"), everything
> works
> fine with NTemacs but either of the two following commands at the end
> of the .emacs fails to do what i want on the linux box:
> (set-background-color "DarkSlateGray")
> (set-face-background 'default "DarkSlateGray")
> I also tried to set it thru the "customize GUI".
> Funny thing is that it works in NTemacs and also that the color of the
> background is turn to dark green during the loading of emacs (0.5 seconds)
> but then it goes back to white...

Artur Hefczyc
Open Source Developer

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