I'm using vanilla powerline with solarized theme:

(require 'powerline)
(load-theme 'solarized-light t)

And I get these artefacts (the malformed and sticking-slightly-above-modeline arrows), both when loading a theme after: enter image description here

... or before powerline: enter image description here

It happens in other themes as well, so solarized likely isn't at fault. Have you encountered this issue or would guesstimate what might cause it (e.g. (global-linum-mode 0))?

Emacs 24.4, OS X 10.10.3

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    Try loading your theme before powerline. Jun 5, 2015 at 13:59
  • Is the artifact at issue the convex/concave arrow shape? If so, that is exactly what the author of that library intended (in my opinion).
    – lawlist
    Jun 5, 2015 at 14:24
  • @Jordon, loading a theme beforehand doesn't help.
    – Blaz
    Jun 5, 2015 at 14:34
  • @lawlist, no, the arrows are expected, but without the glitches. Try zooming in.
    – Blaz
    Jun 5, 2015 at 14:36
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    Ah, yes -- zooming in does indeed show the artifacts of which you speak. If you force-mode-line-update, do the artifacts disappear? You may be interested trying the latest version of the public release of Emacs for OSX -- i.e., 24.5 -- not much point trying to troubleshoot an earlier version (in my opinion) when a more recent stable public release is readily available.
    – lawlist
    Jun 5, 2015 at 14:38

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try using (setq ns-use-srgb-colorspace nil)

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