I am using GNU Emacs to display the cover of the album mpd is currently playing, inserting it into a *jukebox* buffer with this code:

(put-image (create-image albumartname 'imagemagick nil :width 1022) 0 albumartname)

(The window is maximized and the screen is 1024 pixels wide.)

I would like to have that image fill the entire width of Emacs' window, but a column of empty space always appears to the right of the image:

Picture in buffer, empty column to the right

The width of this column depends on the font size - if I turn down the font size to 1, there is just a tiny column of empty space. If I turn the font size up to 38, it is much wider.

I have tried both (visual-line-mode 1) and (toggle-truncate-lines 1), without any luck. I have turned scrollbars and fringes off.

Is there a way to coerce Emacs into not showing that column of empty space?


Some more information:

Here is a screenshot if I do:

(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(font . "URW Gothic L-1"))

(I have changed the background-color):

enter image description here

I tried the suggestion of setting

 (setq frame-resize-pixelwise t)

but that didn't help.

I have also tried to add an overlay with a face with height 1 to the picture, which I couldn't make work either.

Could it be a column reserved for the "truncate char"? If I make the window narrower, it looks like this:

enter image description here

Notice how the column has a "$" below the image, where the line is longer than the screen, so Emacs definitely can paint there.

Update 2

I have gotten a little further. If I set the default font size to 1:

(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(font . "URW Gothic L-1"))

and I define a face:

(defface jukebox-cover
  '((t (:family "URW Gothic L" :height 380 :foundry "urw" :slant normal :weight normal :width normal)))
  "Jukebox cover workaround face"
  :group 'jukebox-mode)

And then after displaying the image and putting the text in the buffer:

    (put-image (create-image albumartname 'imagemagick nil :width 1020) 1 albumartname)
    (insert (format "\n%s\n%s\n%s " title album artist))

I then add and overlay with the face I defined:

        (overlay-put (make-overlay (point-min) (point-max)) 'face 'jukebox-cover)

then it looks like this:

enter image description here

Now I just need to figure out how to make the minibuffer font readable again as well.

  • 1
    Could it be the "fringe"? (which you can change with M-x set-fringe-style)
    – Stefan
    Mar 10, 2019 at 2:14
  • I have turned the fringes off - and I don't think the fringe size adjusts with font size? It's like Emacs adds a 1-char wide column "on top". I couldn't figure out how to set the font-size to 1 on the line with the image, that would [almost] work around the problem.
    – asjo
    Mar 10, 2019 at 9:53
  • Is it possible that what you are seeing is because Emacs actually computes its display size in whole lines, and some padding is added by the GUI shell that hosts the editor?
    – wvxvw
    Mar 10, 2019 at 12:06
  • Indeed, I think wvxvw might be right: it might just be due to frame sizes being computed in multiple of chars by default. Try setting frame-resize-pixelwise!
    – Stefan
    Mar 10, 2019 at 17:15
  • Because setting the fontsize of the default font to 1 makes the unwanred column (almost) disappar, I have tried to add an overlay on the picture setting a face with size 1, but that doesn't help (neither does adding a face property to the image overlay) [with the caveat that I have never played with overlays before]. I have tried setting frame-resize-pixelwise to 't, but that didn't change anything either, unfortunately. Could it be a column for displaying the $ of truncated lines, added because the image is too wide?
    – asjo
    Mar 10, 2019 at 21:26

1 Answer 1


Ok, I finally got a work around that [almost] works. This is what I had to do:

1 Set the font size to 1

(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(font . "URW Gothic L-1"))

2 Add an overlay to the entire buffer that increases the font size

(defface jukebox-cover
  '((t (:family "URW Gothic L" :height 380 :foundry "urw" :slant normal :weight normal :width normal)))
  "Jukebox cover workaround face"
  :group 'jukebox-mode)


(overlay-put (make-overlay (point-min) (point-max)) 'face 'jukebox-cover)

3 Add a hack to increase the font size in the minibuffer (from http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_minibuffer_font_size.html):

    (buf (list " *Minibuf-0*" " *Minibuf-1*" " *Echo Area 0*" " *Echo Area 1*" "*Quail Completions*"))
  (when (get-buffer buf)
    (with-current-buffer buf
      (setq-local face-remapping-alist '((default (:height 380)))))))

The result looks like this:

enter image description here

I call it a work around because it's not elegant, and there is still a 1 pixel column to the very right of the image.

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