EOS: Navigation

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(provide 'eos-navigation)

General Emacs Navigation

These are miscellaneous bindings used all over the place that don't really fit in anywhere else.

First, some window management and navigation helpers

(global-set-key (kbd "C-x +") 'balance-windows-area)

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c y") #'bury-buffer)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-y") #'bury-buffer)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c r") #'revert-buffer)

;; ==== Window switching ====
(defun eos/other-window-backwards ()
  (other-window -1))

(global-set-key (kbd "M-'") #'other-window)
(global-set-key (kbd "M-\"") #'eos/other-window-backwards)
(global-set-key (kbd "H-'") #'other-window)
(global-set-key (kbd "H-\"") #'eos/other-window-backwards)
(global-set-key (kbd "<C-tab>") #'other-window)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-o") #'other-window)

If you split buffers and have A on the left and B on the right, this will put B on the left and A on the right. I actually use this more than I thought I would…

(defun transpose-buffers (arg)
  "Transpose the buffers shown in two windows."
  (interactive "p")
  (let ((selector (if (>= arg 0) 'next-window 'previous-window)))
    (while (/= arg 0)
      (let ((this-win (window-buffer))
            (next-win (window-buffer (funcall selector))))
        (set-window-buffer (selected-window) next-win)
        (set-window-buffer (funcall selector) this-win)
        (select-window (funcall selector)))
      (setq arg (if (plusp arg) (1- arg) (1+ arg))))))

(global-set-key (kbd "C-x 4 t") 'transpose-buffers)

Next, some of the random bindings that I use that don't really fit elsewhere.

(global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-l") 'toggle-truncate-lines)

;; join line to next line
(global-set-key (kbd "M-j")
                (lambda ()
                  (join-line -1)))

;; Completion that uses many different methods to find options.
(global-set-key (kbd "M-/") 'hippie-expand)

;; Font size
(define-key global-map (kbd "C-+") 'text-scale-increase)
(define-key global-map (kbd "C--") 'text-scale-decrease)

;; Start or switch to eshell
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-m") 'eshell)

;; If you want to be able to M-x without meta (phones, etc)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-x") 'execute-extended-command)

Isearch bindings

;; Use regex searches by default.
;;(global-set-key (kbd "C-s") 'isearch-forward-regexp)
;;(global-set-key (kbd "C-r") 'isearch-backward-regexp)
;; Case-fold regex by default
(setq search-default-mode 'character-fold-to-regexp)
;; Non regex search gets the meta also
(global-set-key (kbd "C-M-s") 'isearch-forward)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-M-r") 'isearch-backward)

;; Activate occur easily inside isearch
(define-key isearch-mode-map (kbd "C-o")
  (lambda () (interactive)
    (let ((case-fold-search isearch-case-fold-search))
      (occur (if isearch-regexp isearch-string (regexp-quote isearch-string))))))

(defun eos/add-watchword (string)
  "Highlight whatever `string' is in the current buffer
   nil `((,(if isearch-regexp isearch-string (regexp-quote isearch-string))
          1 '((:background "yellow") (:weight bold)) t))))

(define-key isearch-mode-map (kbd "M-h")
  (lambda () (interactive)
     (if isearch-regexp isearch-string (regexp-quote isearch-string)))))

Mouse-based navigation

Need to enable this to get trackpad scrolling to work on my Lenovo T450s

;; mouse integration
(require 'mouse)
(xterm-mouse-mode t)
(global-set-key [mouse-4] '(lambda ()
                           (scroll-down 1)))
(global-set-key [mouse-5] '(lambda ()
                           (scroll-up 1)))
(setq mouse-sel-mode t)
(defun track-mouse (e))


God-mode was always something a little strange to me, halfway to evil-mode, but not quite Emacs.

Lately though, I've begun using it because it allows me to do things I spend a lot of time doing (navigating) without hitting control. This is especially helpful because while I don't suffer from the so-called "Emacs-pinky", I am instead suffering from "Emacs-thumb".

(use-package god-mode
  :ensure t
  :disabled t
  :bind ("<escape>" . god-mode-all)
  (global-set-key (kbd "<escape>") 'god-mode-all)
  (define-key god-local-mode-map (kbd ".") 'repeat)
  (define-key god-local-mode-map (kbd "i") 'god-local-mode)
  (defun god-update-cursor ()
    "Update my cursor."
    (setq cursor-type
          (if god-local-mode
  ;;(add-hook 'god-mode-enabled-hook 'god-update-cursor)
  ;;(add-hook 'god-mode-disabled-hook 'god-update-cursor)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'sauron-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'eshell-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'org-agenda-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'mingus-playlist-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'mingus-browse-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'twittering-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'Man-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'proced-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'gnus-summary-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'gnus-article-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'gnus-group-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'elfeed-search-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'haskell-interactive-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'epresent-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'compilation-mode)
  (add-to-list 'god-exempt-major-modes 'Custom-mode)
  ;; Finally, a fix for key-translation-map by redefining the
  ;; `key-string-after-consuming-key' method, courtesy of
  ;; https://github.com/chrisdone/god-mode/issues/75
  (defun key-string-after-consuming-key (key key-string-so-far)
    "Interpret god-mode special keys for key (consumes more keys
if appropriate). Append to keysequence."
    (let ((key-consumed t) next-modifier next-key)
      (message key-string-so-far)
      (setq next-modifier
             ((string= key god-literal-key)
              (setq god-literal-sequence t)
              (setq key-consumed nil)
               (stringp key)
               (not (eq nil (assoc key god-mod-alist)))
               (not (eq nil key)))
              (cdr (assoc key god-mod-alist)))
              (setq key-consumed nil)
              (cdr (assoc nil god-mod-alist))
      (setq next-key
            (if key-consumed
                (god-mode-sanitized-key-string (read-event key-string-so-far))
      (let* ((literal-key-string (concat next-modifier next-key))
             (translation (lookup-key key-translation-map (kbd literal-key-string)))
             (next-interpreted-key-string (or translation literal-key-string)))
        (if key-string-so-far
            (concat key-string-so-far " " next-interpreted-key-string)


Jumping to things, in a dumb way, with ag. It's usually bound to C-M-g (for "goto" I guess), C-M-p to jump back, and C-M-q to "show" things.

(use-package dumb-jump
  :ensure t
  :init (dumb-jump-mode))


This is a nice package used to move text around

(use-package move-text
  :ensure t
  :init (move-text-default-bindings))

Navigating without control

I don't use EVIL mode, as I think that on a Dvorak keyboard, VI-like keys aren't really that helpful.

What I do want though, is something that is I can toggle to make a buffer "view-like", and navigate it how I want

(use-package hydra :ensure t)
(require 'view)

(defhydra eos/nav-mode (:foreign-keys run)
  "[NAV-MODE] q or i to exit"
  ("C-h" hl-line-mode)
  ("t" toggle-truncate-lines)
  ("a" beginning-of-line)
  ("l" forward-char)
  ("h" backward-char)
  ("n" next-line)
  ("j" next-line)
  ("p" previous-line)
  ("k" previous-line)
  ("e" View-scroll-half-page-forward)
  ("u" View-scroll-half-page-backward)
  ("SPC" scroll-up-command)
  ("S-SPC" scroll-down-command)
  ("<" beginning-of-buffer)
  (">" end-of-buffer)
  ("." end-of-buffer)
  ("C-'" nil)
  ("d" (when (y-or-n-p "Kill buffer?")
   :exit t)
  ("/" isearch-forward-regexp :exit t)
  ("?" isearch-backward-regexp :exit t)
  ("i" nil :exit t)
  ("q" nil :exit t))

(global-set-key (kbd "M-V") 'eos/nav-mode/body)

Author: Lee Hinman

Created: 2017-08-21 Mon 14:26