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How can I colorize/propertize the lighter of a minor mode in the mode line?

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Refer to the manual:

C-hig (elisp)Properties in Mode

Or in the online manual (which is always for the most recent stable release of Emacs): https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/elisp/Properties-in-Mode.html

I think there's no point in quoting an excerpt here -- you need to read the whole page.

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  • This is the answer. But please consider summarizing briefly what that node says that answers the question. – Drew Mar 9 at 15:35
  • I get user-error: Info file elisp does not exist – Gabriele Nicolardi Mar 11 at 22:09
  • If you don't have the manuals then you have an incomplete installation of Emacs. The common way I know of for that to happen is if you are using a Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution (e.g. Ubuntu), as they split Emacs into multiple packages, and do not include the documentation by default. If this describes you, then refer to: emacs.stackexchange.com/q/48211/454 – phils Mar 11 at 22:43
  • Drew: I don't think there's a useful way to summarize this one -- people should read the whole page, so I've edited the answer to say this. – phils Mar 11 at 22:54
  • I solved. Thanks! – Gabriele Nicolardi Mar 11 at 23:13

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