I have the following line in my init.el:

  (kbd "C-c C-p") 
  (lambda () (interactive) (org-publish-project "publish-website"))

The "publish-website" argument points to an element of my org-publish-project-alist. This works as expected, except that it moves my point to the start of the buffer when I execute it (which is very annoying). I have two questions (thanks in advance for your help):

  1. What am I doing wrong here?
  2. How do I fix it?

1 Answer 1


You're not doing anything wrong, but org-publish probably is. However, you can fix the problem by using save-excursion:

  (kbd "C-c C-p")
  (lambda ()
      (org-publish-project "publish-website"))))

save-excursion is a macro that saves the point and the current buffer, runs the code you provided, then restores point and the current buffer to the saved values.

  • save-excursion is exactly what I needed; elisp has so many nice built-in functions I don't know about :)
    – User12345
    Aug 22, 2020 at 18:40
  • 1
    There are certainly quite a lot of them. There are a few other save-foo macros you might go look up as well.
    – db48x
    Aug 22, 2020 at 19:01

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