I re-installed Emacs and I tried to change the color theme. I saved the changes and the .emacs file was updated but when I restarted Emacs the theme was not active! I want to point out that the package is installed in the elpa folder. The theme was loaded when I pressed it and took effect but it was not working after the restart. When I did the same for the custom themes they were working fine. I had used the same theme previously with no problem. Also the problem is not because of the theme as I tried to install more with no success. What is the problem?

  • Are you using custom themes (i.e., gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/emacs/… ), or the color-theme library (i.e., color-theme-6.6.0.zip from: download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/color-theme )?
    – lawlist
    Nov 15, 2014 at 20:02
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    @lawlist I am sorry but as I am new to Emacs I don't really know what you mean. I installed Emacs and having placed in the list of packages the Melpa archive I installed the themes via the list-packages as the first time.
    – Adam
    Nov 15, 2014 at 20:05
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    I tried a lot of themes (with the same result) but the one I used previously and I still want to use it the dakrone-theme.
    – Adam
    Nov 15, 2014 at 20:07
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    The message that appears immediately after installing the dakrone-theme is: "A dark theme with lots of color. To use, put the following in your Emacs config: (load-theme 'dakrone t). Requires Emacs 24." So, the first question is: Did you do that -- i.e., manually add (load-theme 'dakrone t) to your .emacs file? The second question is: Are you using a version of Emacs that is at least 24? To answer the second question, you can type: M-x emacs-version RET
    – lawlist
    Nov 15, 2014 at 20:12
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    Well, when all else fails, follow the instructions -- open up your .emacs file and add (load-theme 'dakrone t) -- preferably at the bottom. Then restart Emacs. If that works, then your error is probably higher up in your .emacs file -- i.e., Emacs loads settings from the top of the file to the bottom of the file, and the bottom is the last to load. Also, check your *Messages* buffer to see if there is anything mentioned there about an error of some sort or another.
    – lawlist
    Nov 15, 2014 at 20:20

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STEP 1:  Place the following code in the .emacs file, and restart Emacs.

(require 'package)
 (add-to-list 'package-archives
   '("melpa" . "http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/") t)

STEP 2:  M-x list-packages RET

STEP 3:  Click on and install dakrone-theme.

STEP 4:  Open up the .emacs file and add the following line of code at the very bottom and then restart Emacs:

(load-theme 'dakrone t)

STEP 5:  Crack open your favorite beverage and enjoy your new color theme.

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    Thank you your answer helped because of the (package-initialize). I had forgotten to add it! I placed it in my .emacs and everything works great! Thank you for reminding me!
    – Adam
    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:04
  • Glad to help -- the package-initialize function helps Emacs locate the appropriate contents of the .emacs.d directory and do whatever needs to be done with the installed packages.
    – lawlist
    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:16

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