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The color theme is not loaded. and all the default syntax highlight is gone.
but if I run the command "TERM=xterm-256color emacs -nw", it's fine.
I can actually reproduce it under ArchLinux and emacs23 (console only).
BTW, do you know how to detect how many colors current emacs support in elisp code?
Which theme are you using? If you're using my default theme setup, then in a terminal supporting few colors the theme will effectively be ignored, and then the default Emacs ANSI color handling should kick in -- that's what happens for me in a plain OS X terminal. No idea what might be different under Cygwin, but if you find there's an easy way to fix it, let me know.
Sorry, not sure how to determine the number of colors currently available.
When this issue happened, I used the same init-themes.el as yours.
Hmm, okay. Well, let me know if you figure it out -- no way to reproduce it here, sorry.