What's the simplest way to check whether a given point value p is at the beginning of some line or not? Is there anything simpler than (save-excursion (goto-char p) (= p (point-at-bol))) or (member (char-before p) '(nil \n))?


You can also use the function bolp:

bolp is a built-in function in `../editfns.c'.


Return t if point is at the beginning of a line.

This function does not change global state, including the match data.

Usually you get a buffer position via (point), thus simply issuing (bolp) will be enough. If the point has been moved, use goto-char in advance.

  • This only slightly simpler than point-at-bol since you still have to use save-excursion if you don't want to move point. char-before still seems simplest.
    – Lassi
    Aug 29 '18 at 11:50

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