I use Spacemacs, and for some time I've rebound C-v and M-v to spacemacs/scroll-half-page-down and spacemacs/scroll-half-page-up, respectively, to aid my understanding of the buffer as I move through it.

After a recent update, though, these functions seem to no longer be defined. How can I get them back, or something reasonably similar?

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I actually managed to find the equivalent functions. They are

  • View-scroll-half-page-forward
  • View-scroll-half-page-backward

So, I've updated my dotfile's user-config section to contain

(global-set-key (kbd "C-v") 'View-scroll-half-page-forward)
(global-set-key (kbd "M-v") 'View-scroll-half-page-backward)

and this seems to work fine!

  • Didn't work for me, I got command-execute: Wrong type argument: commandp, View-scroll-half-page-forward Oct 18, 2018 at 15:28
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    @ShaneCreighton-Young You need to add (autoload 'View-scroll-half-page-forward "view") (autoload 'View-scroll-half-page-backward "view") to your init file. This will load the needed view library when you use those commands.
    – clemera
    Dec 11, 2018 at 15:54
  • @clemera That works! Thank you for your help. Dec 11, 2018 at 16:50

I personally recommend you to use a package named golden-ratio-scroll-screen. You can add melpa to your package-list if you have not.

(add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/"))

and then M-x package-list-packages, search for golden-ratio-,

or go to https://github.com/jixiuf/golden-ratio-scroll-screen to get it.

It will do the following two things, which are to me excellent, maybe also what you want:

  1. Scroll half screen down or up, and
  2. highlight current line before or after scrolling.
  • wow this is an amazing little package :) I actually like this more than default behaviour of scroll-up and scroll-down Feb 22, 2017 at 12:04
  • Personally I like to highlight the bottom/top line shortly and after that the new position after the scroll, see my blog
    – clemera
    Mar 5, 2019 at 7:39

You can also write pretty simple elisp code to achieve this :-

(defun scroll-half-page-down ()
  "scroll down half the page"
  (scroll-down (/ (window-body-height) 2)))

(defun scroll-half-page-up ()
  "scroll up half the page"
  (scroll-up (/ (window-body-height) 2)))

I use

(defun advice/scroll-context (proc &rest r)
  (let ((next-screen-context-lines (/ (window-text-height) 2)))
    (apply proc r)))

 (lambda (sym) (advice-add sym :around #'advice/scroll-context))
 '(scroll-up scroll-down image-scroll-up image-scroll-down))

in my emacs.el profile to achive this.

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