My new emacs is scrolling minibuffer text so that I can't see simple stuff, like when emacs asks if I want to save changes to a file before exiting.

Doing this both in a mac window or in Terminal.

Using emacs 25.0.50, built for mac using homebrew. Installed ember-mode and elpa for packages, but that's about it.

Haven't found help via google or SO ... perhaps my search-fu is weak today. Any advice out there on how to debug / fix?

  • Something similar happened to me when there was a hook that ran for just any command and printed something into a messages buffer. Just to make sure: does message buffer display anything that would suggest it is the problem? – wvxvw Sep 4 '15 at 19:39

Are you using a development snapshot of Emacs? If so, perhaps you were hit by Emacs bug #21403, which makes the prompt for y-or-n-p invisible.

  • Not sure how to answer that. Built via homebrew. M-x version says: GNU Emacs (x86_64-apple-darwin14.5.0, NS appkit-1348.17 Version 10.10.5 (Build 14F27)) of 2015-09-02 – mkosma Sep 8 '15 at 3:37
  • Aha, looks like I built via homebrew with a --HEAD argument. Serves me right. Rebuilding as soon as I'm off airplane wifi. Thanks for the tip! – mkosma Sep 8 '15 at 5:25

Perhaps the scroll variable has been set. Unset it as following in your init.el file:

(setq minibuffer-scroll-window nil)

which is the default anyway.

  • Set this - didn't make a difference, sadly. – mkosma Sep 8 '15 at 3:34

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