Pressing * (spacemacs/enter-ahs-forward) works like visual star in Vim, except for the mini buffer: enter image description here What is "Symbol Highlight Transient State" in the mini buffer about?
Where is the documentation that explains the minibuffer options?:

                                        [r] change range  [R] reset   [e] iedit
                    [d/D] next/previous definition
[KEY] exits state  [KEY] will not exit

I am using Emacs 25.2.1 with Evil Spacemacs and Ivy on Linux.


I'm not sure there's that much documentation on that (and I've rebound those keys personally), but I believe it's spacemacs' integration of auto-highlight-symbol.el, which is in various files, including spacemacs/layers/+spacemacs/spacemacs-navigation/funcs.el. You can find out a bit by reading those files. The little key summary there probably indicates spacemacs has defined a hydra to implement this, though I'm not actually sure where that's defined.

You can see from those filenames that the integration is provided by layer spacemacs-navigation, for which you'd be able to find docs using SPC h l spacemacs-navigation RET -- but that's just a stub "TODO" file at the time of writing.

Quoting from auto-highlight-symbol.el:

;;  A minor mode for emacs.
;;   * automatic highlighting current symbol like eclipse IDE.
;;   * cycle through highlighted locations.
;;   * can specify the range to highlight.
;;   * can edit the highlighted symbols at a time.

I found that out by opening the spacemacs directory in dired, then searching for the string you mentioned using SPC /, then SPC h d f auto-highlight-symbol RET and clicking on the link to visit that file.

I believe "iedit" is a multi-line editing package, so presumably that will start a multi-line editing session on the current matches? Why not try the keys and see what they do?

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.