I'm running Emacs 24.4.1 on Windows 8, and am unable to get powerline to display the fancy separators (arrows, etc). There are a handful for packages and forks that implement powerline for Emacs, of which I've tried a couple (such as emacs-powerline and powerline).
The root of the problem seems to be with the use of
create-image to create XPM images. I haven't debugged in depth but it seems like in my case the
create-image calls are always returning
From searching online it seems like there are people running Emacs+Windows for which powerline renders properly, possibly with older versions of Emacs. It seems like xpm support is included so no additional libraries should be required, but I've never dealt with
create-image before so perhaps I'm overlooking something.
Well, I've confirmed that on my system XPM support is not working:
(image-type-available-p 'xpm) ==> nil
So I suppose the question is: how do I get XPM support?