cannot bind evil-next-visual-line for selection mode

Frank Fischer frank-fischer at
Thu Jan 15 09:42:03 CET 2015

Am 15.01.2015 um 01:15 schrieb Gordon Gustafson:
> You could try to make do with C-v (visual block mode) g$ and gj/gk,
> albeit with more keystrokes.

Visual block mode definitely does not work with visual lines, because it
only selects one range in each *real* line (in fact, making visual block
mode work with visual lines is even harder).

> On 1/14/15, Frank Fischer <frank-fischer at> wrote:
>> Am 13.01.2015 um 09:57 schrieb Alan Schmitt:
>>> Hello,
>>> I'm trying to configure evil to use `evil-next-visual-line' by default
>>> when I hit the 's' key. It works well in normal mode, but I cannot get
>>> it to work in visual mode.
>>> This is what I have in my configuration:
>>> #+begin_src emacs-lisp
>>> (define-key evil-motion-state-map "s" 'evil-next-visual-line)
>>> (define-key evil-normal-state-map "s" 'evil-next-visual-line)
>>> #+end_src
>>> To reproduce, take a file with a long line, enter visual-line-mode, go
>>> into visual mode and hit 's': the selection extends to the next line
>>> instead of the next visual line.
>> The selection has nothing to do with the motion. The cursor will move to
>> the next visual line, but visual line mode *always* works on real lines,
>> not visual lines. That's why the selection always extends to real lines.
>> Dealing with selection of visual lines is not easy and there are many
>> things to consider, and nobody has ever implemented this stuff, sorry.
>> Frank
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