Not sure what's going on here, but if I open a file in emacs (no window mode), and just do a search (ctrl-s), the buffer gets garbled. It fixes itself when I ctrl-l, but that's annoying to have to do so frequently.

I'm using OS X's Terminal declaring terminal as xterm-256color. Text encoding Unicode (UTF-8).

I'm ssh-ing to a VM and launching emacs in that VM.

Here's an example:

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    I presume there's a mismatch between your actual terminal settings/capabilities, and what Emacs thinks they are. Please provide details about your terminal, for starters. – phils Feb 24 '15 at 1:31
  • @phils Edited details. – emecs Feb 24 '15 at 4:36
  • Wish I could comment, instead of posting this as an "answer" but I want to participate in finding this solution. I have the same issue using iTerm2 in Yosemite when I ssh into an ubuntu VM and run emacs there. When I search, text gets garbled, highlighting remains, and the search information creeps up from the bottom of the screen. C-l fixes it, as for OP. Changing TERM has so far had no impact. – ohruunuruus Mar 14 '15 at 17:47
  • Make sure you are starting Emacs without your init file: emacs -Q or emacs -Q -nw etc. Otherwise, all bets are off - we have no idea what code you might have loaded that might contribute to the symptoms described. – Drew Mar 14 '15 at 18:19

This is common problem, seems to be a bug in Emacs.

Potential solutions are;

  • turn the number of CPUs down to 1 in virtual box.
  • force display redraw in isearch (add-hook 'isearch-update-post-hook 'redraw-display)
  • use this PPA (if you're on ubuntu) ppa:martin-trojer/emacs24-termfix

Here's some references where this issue is also discussed;

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Awesome @user3756658. The second option (add-hook 'isearch-update-post-hook 'redraw-display) works for me. Text in the search buffer at the bottom still behaves weirdly, but this is an excellent workaround.

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