Bug#770781: mate-desktop: Emacs 24.4 doesn't pick up Xresources under MATE, but does under other DEs

Rogério Brito rbrito at ime.usp.br
Mon Nov 24 01:09:37 UTC 2014

Package: mate-desktop
Version: 1.8.1+dfsg1-2
Severity: normal


First of all, I am not really sure which package I should be filing this bug
against, as the bug is not really obvious to me.

Since Emacs 24.4 has been uploaded to Debian, I noticed that it didn't
respect my Xresources, while Emacs 24.3 did (in fact, I kept a copy of the
Emacs 24.3 packages here and I can switch back and forth to see this

I reported this bug to upstream of Emacs [0].  During investigation of the
problem, I discovered that the problem is only present with MATE (which, of
course, is my choice of Desktop Environment).

Quoting myself [1] from my report:

> I tried installing and seeing the behavior with LXDE, GNOME 3 Classic
> (regular GNOME 3 just crashed), and  XFCE.  Emacs 24.4 loaded the
> resources just fine with these.

Is there any further information that I can provide so that this bug can be
fixed?  I don't know what program is the culprit here, but I am so desperate
here that I don't know what to do.

[0]: http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=18902
[1]: http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=18902#14

Thanks in advance,

Rogério Brito.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (250, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf-8, LC_CTYPE=pt_BR.utf-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages mate-desktop depends on:
ii  hicolor-icon-theme    0.13-1
ii  libatk1.0-0           2.14.0-1
ii  libc6                 2.19-13
ii  libcairo2             1.14.0-2.1
ii  libfontconfig1        2.11.0-6.2
ii  libfreetype6          2.5.2-2
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0    2.31.1-2+b1
ii  libglib2.0-0          2.42.1-1
ii  libgtk2.0-0           2.24.25-1
ii  libmate-desktop-2-17  1.8.1+dfsg1-2
ii  libpango-1.0-0        1.36.8-3
ii  libpangocairo-1.0-0   1.36.8-3
ii  libpangoft2-1.0-0     1.36.8-3
ii  libunique-1.0-0       1.1.6-5
ii  mate-desktop-common   1.8.1+dfsg1-2

mate-desktop recommends no packages.

mate-desktop suggests no packages.

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