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You're probably overlooking the additional attributes set in the cterm= field for those highlights. For instance, after I set ctermfg=black ctermbg=white for StatusLine, I get this when I query it: :hi StatusLine StatusLine xxx term=bold,reverse cterm=bold,reverse ctermfg=0 ctermbg=15 gui=bold,reverse You'll see the cterm=bold,...


Why the colorscheme is loaded twice This is slightly speculative, since your excellent and detailed question nevertheless still doesn't contain quite enough information about your setup to be certain, but I believe what is happening is this: When Vim starts up, one of the first things it does is load your $VIM/vimrc file, which loads your colorscheme, thus ...


This looks as expected. Airline is a statusline plugin (read :help statusline). To set the editor's colorscheme, use :colorscheme [name].

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