27 Oct 2003
bah. emacs is the most powerful editor, but it is also the most obscure piece of code ever. i've wasted an hour trying to set the background colour when i run it over SSH on my lab machine from home.
it turns out after all this fiddling that the problem was in my .Xdefaults, and even after changing that it still wouldn't be happy until i ran xrdb ~/.Xdefaults.
what an unproductive waste of an hour
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