I am using evil-mode, magit, evil-magit, and bind-map.

I have defined a map with bind-map using SPC as my :evil-keys similarly to what spacemacs provides.

Magit defines SPC as magit-diff-show-or-scroll-up and I'm having a rough time trying to override that binding or make my bind-map take precedence so I can invoke my leader key.

I have tried to deduce how spacemacs handles this issue but I believe it may be within their evilified* functions.

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Without seeing your code, it sounds to me like you have SPC bound in one of the global evil maps (through bind-map), like evil-normal-state-map. evil-magit makes magit-mode-map an overriding map which makes its bindings shadow the global evil ones. Therefore, you need to bind SPC at a precedence level that matches or exceeds this. There are at least two ways to do this.

  1. Bind your my-map (whatever you call it) directly in magit-mode-map for the state you want, using something like (evil-define-key 'normal magit-mode-map (kbd "SPC") my-map). This will target just the purpose you outlined.

  2. Try adding :override-minor-modes t to your bind-map declaration, which essentially elevates the precedence of that binding globally. This could change the way your bindings work in other modes.

  • Thank you, I tried the first one and it solved my issue. I will keep the second one in mind. I actually had a variation of the first one in my config but I used "motion" instead of "normal".
    – feevo
    Nov 30, 2017 at 15:47

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