I have been looking around for some fix for this but I cannot google-fu my way out of it. I have tried setting the fringe, but that doesn't seem to work. Right now I have the code
(unless (bound-and-true-p linum-mode) (setq left-fringe-width 10))
To give my text some space to the left of the edge of the buffer when
linum-mode isn't enabled. This is because with
neo-tree active its hard to see the edge of the text sometimes, and the text is pressed right up against the edge of the window. However, this doesn't seem to work. Is there a better method to do this? I am using console Emacs.