I have used spacemacs in the past however it isn't working with my current installation and setup. Instead when I launch emacs it seems that the normal emacs is being launched with the white background and button menu.

This is my setup.

I downloaded emacs on Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS. I cloned spacemacs as per instructions, after the emacs install. I ssh to my Ubuntu station and forward the X11

Is there something about this setup that explains why spacemacs as I recall it , black and no button menu doesn't launch, but instead the normal emacs launches.

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  • make sure you clone spacemacs into ~/.emacs.d and there is not a ~/.emacs Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 10:18
  • Thanks for suggestion. I copied the git clone command and pasted it. I have double checked and it is ~/.emacs.d
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    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 21:09

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I had the same problem and I discovered that I also had a .emacs file in my home directory. I removed it and now works fine


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