I got a strange issue when I hit backspace while some text is selected and my cursor is close to an open parenthesis, example:


If I select aaa and my cursor is on the first a, I would like the full aaa string to be removed when I hit backspace. In other words I want this:


But I get that:


where ^? is in a different colour (may be a special character).

I suppose that the problem may come from some options or plug-in that I have like the fact that peered parenthesis are highlighted when the cursor is on it, or the command M-<dir> that move the cursor to the other parenthesis... I don't know.

Problem is the same whit " peers symbols or any peers symbols regarding the language that emacs detect. For example in C the problem is present with (``"``{ etc...

Any ideas?


Problem is the same with

vi(is better)

If I want to delete both words in the parenthesis

  • See the Emacs manual, node DEL Does Not Delete. – Drew Nov 22 '18 at 15:57
  • Thx but it does not resolve my problem when I toggle the variable – Welgriv Nov 22 '18 at 16:11
  • M-d will delete the word when you are on the first character (don't need to mark the word). and you probably have paredit-mode (or similar) on which can be disabled with M-x paredit-mode. – manandearth Nov 22 '18 at 18:02
  • I don't have any paredit-mode. But thx for the M-d trick. However, the problem is still here when I have something like a(word1 word2) if i want to delete both words. – Welgriv Nov 23 '18 at 9:57
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    I have a similar problem when the package autopair-mode is enable. If this is your case, you can use electric-pair-mode instead. – Lizardo Reyna Nov 24 '18 at 4:29

The problem come from the autopair-mode package.

Disable it :

M-x autopair-mode

Enable electric-pair-mode instead which do almost the same thing :

M-x electric-pair-mode

If all this is in init file, to clear it, remove or comment

(load "autopair.el") 
(require 'autopair)

from your init file, and add

(electric-pair-mode t)

Solution provided by Lizardo Reyna in comment above

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