It appears that in tmux, when I mark a pane using prefix-m, the borders of that pane are displayed with inverted colors. By this I mean the foreground color is used for the background and the background color is used for the foreground.

I can't find any way to turn this off -- man tmux seems very sparse when it comes to information about marked panes. Is there a way to disable it?


Looking at the source-code, apparently not. The action proceeds unconditionally through these points:

and in the last, it applies some style information but unconditionally reverses colors.

  • I've created an issue on the tmux Github repository referencing this question and answer. – Radon Rosborough Aug 7 '16 at 21:58
  • "No thanks. Given marked panes are meant to be transitory---that is, whilst performing a given command; an option for this seems overkill when the effect of the pane's border is for a short length of time only." So, it sounds like we will not be seeing this option soon, or ever. – Radon Rosborough Aug 7 '16 at 23:34
  • If you came up with a simple, non-intrusive proposed change, they might consider that. But they're probably viewing it as an unnecessary complication. – Thomas Dickey Aug 7 '16 at 23:54

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