I'm playing with evil-mode and this is one of the things where evil differs from vim. In vim G takes you to the last line, but evil uses Emacs end-of-buffer which for some reason takes me beyond last line to some imaginary line.

  • Emacs and Vim differ in how they deal with the final newline. Evil does not try working around this as it's purely concerned with emulating Vim-style editing. I've found it helpful to visualize it with fringe indicators, you may find another package of that kind useful.
    – wasamasa
    Mar 23, 2017 at 17:42
  • I'm sorry, visualise what? Mar 23, 2017 at 17:45
  • The final newline.
    – wasamasa
    Mar 23, 2017 at 18:06
  • @wasamasa Hmm, I don't see the point of doing that. Can you explain? Mar 23, 2017 at 18:08

2 Answers 2


The command end-of-buffer uses a variation on (goto-char (point-max)) to go to the last position in the buffer. If the buffer ends with a newline, end-of-buffer will leave you on the empty line at the end, whereas if you delete this last newline, end-of-buffer will leave you at the end of the text in the now non-empty last line.

One possible solution is to advise end-of-buffer to just go up a line if it leaves you on an empty line:

(defun my-end-of-buffer-dwim (&rest _)
  "If current line is empty, call `previous-line'."
  (when (looking-at-p "^$")

(advice-add #'end-of-buffer :after #'my-end-of-buffer-dwim)

If you want end-of-buffer to always leave you at the beginning of the penultimate line (rather than at the end if the file has no trailing newline), you might want this instead:

(defun my-end-of-buffer-dwim (&rest _)
  "Go to beginning of line.
If current line is empty, go to beginning of previous one
  (beginning-of-line (and (looking-at-p "^$") 0)))

(advice-add #'end-of-buffer :after #'my-end-of-buffer-dwim)

And the standard advice disclaimer: You can avoid unanticipated side-effects by just creating your own end-of-buffer command and rebinding the keys, rather than using advice:

(defun my-end-of-buffer ()
  "Go to beginning of last line in buffer.
If last line is empty, go to beginning of penultimate one
  (goto-char (point-max))
  (beginning-of-line (and (looking-at-p "^$") 0)))

(global-set-key [remap end-of-buffer] #'my-end-of-buffer)

Note that all of the above solutions leave you at most one line away from the end of the buffer - they do not leave you on the last non-empty line.

  • Thanks, your solution works! I'm new to elisp, so I haven't knew about advice-add. I didn't want to remap keys, because in evil G is a motion, so you can delete till the end of file with dG etc. I don't think tht.his would work if I would just remap key to another function. But maybe I don't know lisp well enough. Mar 23, 2017 at 19:49
  • If you wish to remap my-end-of-buffer to the default shortcut (overriding it), use (global-set-key "\M->" #'my-end-of-buffer). Jan 4 at 12:09

This probably doesn't answer your question, question about stopping Emacs scrolling past end-of-buffer.

(setq next-line-add-newlines t)

The problem with this though is that mouse scroll is not going paste end-of-buffer, and you will end up with alot of empty lines in your files (pressing down arrows adds newlines, up arrow does not remove them).

  • Yeah, this doesn't answer my question Mar 23, 2017 at 14:05

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