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The mode line is a useful summary information about the buffer shown in the window, including its name and current modes. It is located at the bottom of every Emacs Window aside from MiniBuffer windows.

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The mode-line-format variable already has that capability built-in, the following snippet should add that near the end of your mode-line. (add-to-list 'global-mode-string '(" %i")) From the Doc: …
answered Mar 13 '15 by Malabarba
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Here's an example of how you can do something like this. Note, however, that it displays exactly what you asked for (percentage of text above the window), which is probably not what you actually want. …
answered Apr 11 '15 by Malabarba
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You could install rich-minority from Melpa. It is a minor mode that can highlight or even hide certain minor modes from the mode line. So you can configure it to highlight " locked" and to hide othe …
answered Oct 17 '14 by Malabarba
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Q: Is there a way to (temporarily) increase the rate at which the mode line is redisplayed? I was trying to write a package that adds a spinner to the mode line (to indicate ongoing operations), but …
asked Mar 5 '15 by Malabarba
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They're both stock Emacs. 1) The part that looks like [#] is erc's mode-line indicator. It tells you the status of the IRC room you've joined. 2) The Git:master is vc-mode. It tells you the status o …
answered Oct 9 '14 by Malabarba
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Here is a simplified version of the solution I came up (had to use timers after all). For the complete solution, see spinner.el. (let ((timer (run-at-time t 0.2 #'ignore))) (timer-set-function t …
answered Mar 27 '15 by Malabarba
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You install use smart-mode-line. It's configured to display the file path in the mode-line, whenever that's relevant. Just install it, and then turn it on with (sml/setup). It also has a lot of f …
answered Oct 19 '14 by Malabarba
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From the documentation you quoted, I think the following construct should give what you want. '(:eval (when server-buffer-clients (format " %d" (length server-buffer-clients)))) Here's …
answered Apr 13 '15 by Malabarba
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This can be achieved with two packages: smart-mode-line. powerline. Overall, smart-mode-line is more powerful than powerline (pardon the pun), in the sense that it offers more features to control …
answered Sep 26 '14 by Malabarba
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How can I customize the appearance of vc-mode? Ideally, I’d hide the name of the backend, and show just the name of the current branch. That's pretty much what smart-mode-line does. You can give …
answered Apr 27 '15 by Malabarba