I'm now trying to switch from Vim to Spacemacs. It seems that Longlines Mode is the way to go in Emacs to soft-wrap the line around the column http://emacswiki.org/emacs/LineWrap. However it seems that this mode has been removed since Emacs 24.4 http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/LongLines, in favor of Visual Line Mode, which soft-wraps the text around the window edge... Which is not exactly what I want. How am I able to get the functionality of longlines mode back? I see a longlines.el at http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/longlines.el, should I just manually download the file and add it to Spacemacs configuration layer?

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No. To emulate the behaviour of longlines-mode, use visual-line-mode in combination with the visual-fill-column package.

  • Thanks. This seems to be the package to go to. However now I'm unable to install it in Spacemacs... Guess I'll turn to somewhere else for help on package intallation.
    – xji
    Apr 20, 2015 at 8:40

It has not been removed (yet). It has been marked obsolete, which among other things implies that it is not autoloaded any more.

(require 'longlines)
(longlines-mode 1)

still works as before.

  • That's true. I guess I misunderstood the meaning of "obselete" here. Though isn't it quite weird that longlines-mode is able to softwrap by fill column while visual-line-mode is only able to soft wrap around the window, while the later is considered as a replacement for the previous? It actually looks like a loss of important functionality. visual-fill-column package messed up my popwin buffer so I couldn't really use it.
    – xji
    May 10, 2015 at 8:21

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