I've been playing around with Emacs for the first time this week, and I've been having some issues with the color scheme. This post was prompted by getting some weird when using helm. I've also noticed that when I load emacs without any init file, it opens up with a dark background instead of a white background that everyone else mentions.
Here's a picture of Emacs loaded without any init file:
And here is how helm looks.
At this stage, I have not loaded any theme. I checked this with the disable-theme command, and no theme was loaded.
Adding a theme does not fix issues either. Here it is with the deeper blue theme loaded
Again, I ensured that only a single theme was loaded using the disable-theme command.
I saw this thread from the past, which presented with similar issues as I have, however he was able to change versions
- OS: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina
- Windows Manager: i3 version 4.18.2
- Emacs Version: GNU Emacs 27.1
I saw this thread from the past, which presented with similar issues as I have, however he was able to change versions which fixed the issue. I tried purging all emacs stuff on my system and deleting my local ~/.emacs.d directory (there was no ~/.emacs file -- everything was in ~/.emacs.d/init.el), and downgraded to version 26. Unfortunately, the color issues with helm were not fixed. My emacs background remained dark when loaded without any init file as well.
I should probably mention that at one point I had installed Doom Emacs, and my color schemes with both Helm and Ivy working as expected then (though the default background was still dark). This was also using GNU Emacs 27.1. However, I decided to go back to vanilla emacs to try and learn how to configure the software myself, and have been getting issues
The entirety of my init.el is posted below. I generate my system's color scheme using wal, and run XRDB on a colors.Xresources file that it creates. I've attached that below as well, just in case it is the cause of any problems. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
(package-initialize) (require 'package) (require 'use-package) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("gnu" . "http://elpa.gnu.org/packages/")) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . "http://stable.melpa.org/packages/")) (use-package evil :ensure t) (evil-mode 1) (use-package org :ensure t) (use-package helm :ensure t) (require 'helm-config) (setq helm-split-window-in-side-p t helm-move-to-line-cycle-in-source t) (helm-mode 1) ;; List Buffers ( Emacs way ) (global-set-key (kbd "C-x b") 'helm-buffers-list) ;; List buffers ( Vim way ) (define-key evil-ex-map "b" 'helm-buffers-list) ;; Bookmarks menu (global-set-key (kbd "C-x r b") 'helm-bookmarks) ;; Finding files with Helm (global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-f") 'helm-find-files) (define-key evil-normal-state-map (kbd "SPC .") 'helm-find-files) (global-set-key (kbd "M-x") 'helm-M-x) (global-set-key (kbd "M-y") 'helm-show-kill-ring) ;backups settings (setq backup-directory-alist `(("." . "~/.emacs.d/.backups"))) (setq backup-by-copying t)
urxvt*font: xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:size=9 ! X colors. ! Generated by 'wal' *foreground: #e3e1de *background: #1f1b1d *.foreground: #e3e1de *.background: #1f1b1d URxvt*foreground: #e3e1de XTerm*foreground: #e3e1de UXTerm*foreground: #e3e1de URxvt*background: #1f1b1d XTerm*background: #1f1b1d UXTerm*background: #1f1b1d URxvt*cursorColor: #e3e1de XTerm*cursorColor: #e3e1de UXTerm*cursorColor: #e3e1de URxvt*borderColor: #1f1b1d ! Colors 0-15. *.color0: #1f1b1d *color0: #1f1b1d *.color1: #BF9A71 *color1: #BF9A71 *.color2: #697991 *color2: #697991 *.color3: #AB9C93 *color3: #AB9C93 *.color4: #D1AC9E *color4: #D1AC9E *.color5: #D4C4B7 *color5: #D4C4B7 *.color6: #B3C8C8 *color6: #B3C8C8 *.color7: #e3e1de *color7: #e3e1de *.color8: #9e9d9b *color8: #9e9d9b *.color9: #BF9A71 *color9: #BF9A71 *.color10: #697991 *color10: #697991 *.color11: #AB9C93 *color11: #AB9C93 *.color12: #D1AC9E *color12: #D1AC9E *.color13: #D4C4B7 *color13: #D4C4B7 *.color14: #B3C8C8 *color14: #B3C8C8 *.color15: #e3e1de *color15: #e3e1de ! Black color that will not be affected by bold highlighting. *.color66: #1f1b1d *color66: #1f1b1d ! Xclock colors. XClock*foreground: #e3e1de XClock*background: #1f1b1d XClock*majorColor: rgba:e3/e1/de/ff XClock*minorColor: rgba:e3/e1/de/ff XClock*hourColor: rgba:e3/e1/de/ff XClock*minuteColor: rgba:e3/e1/de/ff XClock*secondColor: rgba:e3/e1/de/ff ! Set depth to make transparency work. URxvt*depth: 32 urxvt.scrollBar: false