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I recently set up the visual-regexp-steroids package to try it out. The one major sticking point so far has been that when I terminate the search by typing a cursor motion command (typically M-< or C-a), the cursor is just left where it is; I have to type the command a second time to make it work.

Looking at the source for both visual-regexp and visual-regexp-steroids, I don't find any configurable option for this behavior. I also don't find any relevant issues filed against either package's Github page.

Is there any way to get the usual Emacs exit-search behavior when using visual-regexp or visual-regexp-steroids?

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Here's what I tried just now:

I deleted ~/.emacs, started Emacs, and opened a file. I evaluated (require 'package) and (require 'visual-regexp-steroids), then typed M-xvr/isearch-forward and typed some keys that matched some text present in the file. Then when I pressed M-<, the search stopped, but the cursor was left at the end of the matching text.

  • Works fine for me. Have you tried with emacs -q? – nega May 13 at 18:40
  • @nega I tried that and just added more details to the questions describing what happened. – Sean May 14 at 18:08
  • Sorry, I misread your original question. The behavior I'm getting is exactly as you describe. I'd send this as a feature request to the authors. – nega May 15 at 15:08

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