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I use (global-hl-line-mode 1) in order to highlight the current line. This changes the text colours of the highlighted line. Is it possible to highlight while keeping the current syntax highlighting colours (so changing only the background)?

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    Possible duplicate of hl-line-mode hide background, how to avoid this? – Drew Oct 14 '16 at 23:02
  • No. Overlay highlighting (which is used by hl-line-mode) always overrides text-property highlighting (e.g. font-lock). See the question this is a duplicate of. – Drew Oct 14 '16 at 23:03
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This is the case by default for me: hl-line-mode by default uses a face which only specifies a background color. That face is hl-line which by default just inherits from highlight. So maybe the problem is simply your that highlight face specifies both a background and a foreground color. I recommend you M-x customize-face and either change your highlight face or your hl-line face so as to keep its foreground color unspecified.

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Just for reference, try

(set-face-attribute 'hl-line nil :inherit nil :background "gray6")
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    Please consider elaborating, explaining how this answers the question. – Drew Jun 8 '18 at 14:05
  • It does not work for me – Nisba Jun 8 '18 at 17:08

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