I'm trying to get Paren Mode to be a little more clear, cause I can hardly see the other matching pair of parenthesis.

Is there any way I could make this blinking yellow?;)

I'm in gnome-terminal.

Here it says it can be blinking:

Emacs Show Paren Mode

To change the color/face:

    (require 'paren)
    (set-face-background 'show-paren-match (face-background 'default))
    (set-face-foreground 'show-paren-match "#def")
    (set-face-attribute 'show-paren-match nil :weight 'extra-bold)

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You pointed to a page that mentions option blink-matching-paren, but you apparently are not using it. Try using it: M-x customize-option blink-matching-paren.

C-h v blink-matching-paren tells you:

blink-matching-paren is a variable defined in simple.el.

Its value is t


Non-nil means show matching open-paren when close-paren is inserted.

If t, highlight the paren. If jump, briefly move cursor to its position. If jump-offscreen, move cursor there even if the position is off screen. With any other non-nil value, the off-screen position of the opening paren will be shown in the echo area.

You can customize this variable.

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