To go to the next/prev buffer I use the commands next-buffer / prev-buffer. This works well and is very comfortable. But there are also two other commands switch-to-next-buffer / switch-to-prev-buffer that do same thing. What is the difference between them?

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next-buffer is a wrapper around switch-to-next-buffer. Since switch-to-next-buffer takes a WINDOW argument (and doesn't have a default key binding), it's more suitable for programmatic use, whereas next-buffer is more suitable for interactive use. Of course nothing prevents you from using switch-to-next-buffer interactively.

  • You can call it interactively,but since it just has interactive as its interactive specification, I don't see how that can do anything different from calling next-buffer
    – rpluim
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 16:04
  • True. I'll amend my answer.
    – rpluim
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 6:48

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