I noticed foot did not behave normally whenever content would overflow it's current dimensions. when I installed alacritty in the same profile, this was fixed. Turned out, alacritty's declaration has a native-search-path field entry that fixed foot! Why not just search-paths, I can't tell. This might apply to further terminal emulators (kitty had problems starting emacs in some contexts for me but I would need to test that more), but for now, just foot!