If I load up emacs and go to my .emacs file (a fragment of which is given below), and I press SPC f or C-c C-f then it does find-file, which is the expected behaviour. However, if I type M-x eval-buffer, or load-file, suddenly SPC f doesn't work, but C-c C-f still does. If I press SPC, it just goes to the next character as it would without evil-leader. What gives?

(require 'evil) 
(evil-mode 1)

(require 'evil-leader)

(evil-leader/set-leader "<SPC>")

(evil-leader/set-key "f" 'find-file)

(x-posted from superuser.com)

  • Comment deleted, as my suggestion didn't work regardless.
    – achalk
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 21:00
  • You can't prove this false because you don't have access to my machine. I'm still having this error. I am using eval-buffer and load-file and they both have the same effect. Perhaps it has something to do with my setup somehow? Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 21:15
  • Here's my .emacs file: pastebin.com/fZp5Ddk7 Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 21:26
  • I can confirm that I can reproduce this with your init file, but I don't know what to suggest. When working with evil-mode, I've had problems redefining keys in the evil-normal-state map. But it's bizarre that simply re-evaluating the init file results in different behaviour.
    – achalk
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 1:18
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    Try switching the order of enabling evil-leader and evil. The global-evil-leader-mode sets up a hook which is likely not run if evil is already active.
    – justbur
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 2:43

1 Answer 1


global-evil-leader-mode adds a function to enable evil-leader-mode through the hook evil-local-mode-hook. This means that evil-leader-mode is enabled in a buffer after enabling evil-local-mode.

In your case, you are enabling evil-local-mode (through the global evil-mode) and then adding to the hook, meaning the hook is run before you added the evil-leader-mode function to it. If you reverse the order of (global-evil-leader-mode) and (evil-mode 1), the problem will be fixed.

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