As the title suggests, I would like to use spacemacs like keybindings in plain vanilla evil emacs.

The spacemacs key bindings are very intuitive. But the package is too heavy for my low-end laptop. Even simple operations take a long time. So, I am trying to see if there is an intermediate solution.

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    The easiest thing to do is probably just to type C-h m aka M-x describe-mode and see all the stuff that is active (e.g., minor-modes) and start disabling those that you can live without. Can can also run the profiler and see what functions are the most costly and disable the stuff that is a hog -- M-x profiler-start, do some stuff, M-x profiler-report, read about it, and then M-x profiler-stop. Also, you may wish to inspect things that get called every command loop by calling C-h v or M-x describe-variable -- post-command-hook, pre-command-hook.
    – lawlist
    Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 7:09

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You should take a look at the general package. It allows to to create “definers” which let you use a prefix key like “space”. From there you just need to add the bindings that you liked from Spacemacs.

  • Thanks. It is, indeed, a very useful package. Instead of me reinventing the wheel, is there somewhere that the keybindings mimicking spacemacs are available? I will just import that file.
    – deshmukh
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:40
  • I don’t know anywhere official, but there might be a gist out there. Problem is that lots of those keybindings are for packages that you would have to install first. Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:44
  • Or comment out the ones I don't need :)
    – deshmukh
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 13:55
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    This might get you started. gist.github.com/adham90/… Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 13:59
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    I hear you. Perhaps if you create them you can post a gist 👍 Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 5:09

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