I just setup powerline for the first time and there's this whitish transparent background overtop all of the arrows. Is there anyway to fix this?

Also, while we're at it, just a general question:

What does the 2.24 in the mode line mean?

  • Try to report at GitHub issue tracker for this project: github.com/milkypostman/powerline/issues. As a note: all powerline implementations for Emacs seem to be buggy for me with respect to rendering. Never got pretty powerline working, so I still use default (cleaned up) mode line. Aug 23, 2015 at 15:06
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    – Dan
    Aug 23, 2015 at 15:42
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    2.24 means average load of your CPU in percents, I believe. It's refreshed once pre minute or something like that. Aug 23, 2015 at 16:00

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is it possible you're running on a Mac? Then add this to your init.el:

(setq ns-use-srgb-colorspace nil)

See this Github issue for further context: https://github.com/milkypostman/powerline/issues/54


I don't know if this is applicable to this specific case, but for powerline/spaceline users, even though (setq ns-use-srgb-colorspace nil) fixes the colors, it does this by applying the bad colors to all Emacs GUI, so you don't notice the effect anymore.

A better solution is to use (setq powerline-image-apple-rgb t) so the image generation uses the sRGB colors.


What actually fixed it for me was using https://github.com/railwaycat/homebrew-emacsmacport, which works much better with OSX.

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