Emacs Colors are driving me crazy!

Jim Meier jim at dsdd.org
Fri Aug 9 05:19:55 CEST 2002

On Thu, 08 Aug 2002 20:04:09 -0600, TuxTrax wrote:

What KDE and GNOME do to apply their colors to "legacy" applications is
set some X resources. You might want to look around your home directory
for recently changed X resource files, or in your session script for xrdb


> Hi all. 
> I really hosed emacs on my account. My wifes account is unaffected. She can
> use Emacs just fine.
> What happened is this:
> I went into KDE control panel, and changed some settings for the look and
> feel. One of the settings I changed is the "apply fonts and colors to non
> KDE applications". I checked that box.
> The next time I ran Emacs, all text is in a reverse-like format. the letters
> are in the color that the default background used to be, and the background is
> white, but only where there are letters. It makes Emacs look like
> a serial killer cut and pasted all the text onto the screen.
> Of course, I am referring to running emacs from KDE. it dosen't matter
> in black and white from the CLI.
> This makes emacs unusable, and especially so, for the python programming that
> I was doing. Emacs does a nice job of highlighting with color, all of the
> python statements and so on. It dosen't do it anymore. it's all just white.
> I have since unchecked the box in  KDE to no avail. In fact I have tried
> everything I could think of including uninstalling and reinstalling it. no
> dice.
> I *need* emacs. It's got to be a local setting, because It dosen't do it with 
> my wife's account on the same machine. I would really like to know where it is
> storing this god awful setting - it's got to be in a file that identifies 
> itself to emacs as being my settings, but I haven't been able to find it. 
> Any help that can be offered will be highly appreciated. I know that I am not
> the first person that this has ever happened to. Someone must know the answer.
> Cheers,
> Mathew

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