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I am using emacs-snapshot on Ubuntu 11.04.

In some of the emacs modes, like Auctex and ESS, the menus have no contents, i.e. in Auctex when I click on the Preview, Latex, or Command menus, a small empty rectangle appears. The standard menus (File, Edit, Options, Buffers, Tools) have regular contents.

This has occurred around the same time as updating from Ubuntu 10.04 to 11.04, but I am not sure if they are related.

The problem does not occur using emacs-23.

How can I get the menus back?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

This is a valid Ubuntu bug: Bug #415101. The workaround is to set variable GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=1 before running emacs.

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thanks for pointing out the bug - my experience - reflected in the comments of that bug - indicate that this fix does not work. The menus do open with F10, however. It also indicates that the bug is with all flavors of emacs, not just emacs-snapshot, but I only get the bug with emacs-snapshot (perhaps because the bug has been fixed in emacs23). – David LeBauer Oct 26 '11 at 14:27

Although this is a currently unresolved bug (as pointed out by @sindikat), the menus can be accessed with F10.

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