I am trying to write a function which will perform a bookmark-jump but then reset the the bookmark line to the top of the screen. So far I have:

  (defun foo ()
    (evil-scroll-line-to-top nil)

  (define-key evil-normal-state-map [f9] 'foo)

But hitting F9 gives this message. What am I doing wrong please?

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  • bookmark-jump needs a bookmark as argument: do C-h f bookmark-jump RET to see its doc string.
    – NickD
    Oct 22, 2020 at 23:41
  • In which case how come I can do M-x bookmark-jump<Enter>? Oct 23, 2020 at 14:02
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    When I do M-x bookmark-jump it asks me for a bookmark to jump to.
    – NickD
    Oct 23, 2020 at 14:51
  • Agreed. Which is why I don't get that calling the same command from script doesn't do the same thing. I would expect calling it from script to prompt me for a bookmark also. Oct 23, 2020 at 17:03
  • You need to use call-interactively for that as @Drew points out.
    – NickD
    Oct 23, 2020 at 17:31

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Your command needs to call bookmark-jump interactively, so it can prompt for the bookmark you want to jump to. It requires a bookmark, to know where to take you.

(defun foo ()
    (call-interactively #'bookmark-jump)
    (message "XXXXXXXXXX"))

On the other hand, if you always want foo to jump to the same bookmark, and you know which bookmark that is:

(defun foo ()
    (bookmark-jump "my-bookmark-name")
    (message "XXXXXXXXXX"))
  • Thanks, I think this is what I need. I notice an issue though, which occurs calling the first foo function above and when doing M-x bookmark-jump: if the bookmark is in a buffer other than the visible one, the bookmarked buffer gets focus but the cursor position is unchanged - in other words the jump visits the correct buffer but not the correct location. Oct 23, 2020 at 18:57
  • You comment suggests a bug somewhere. Is this Emacs bug #44185? Does your recipe's "Start Emacs" use emacs -Q? If not, provide a recipe to repro the problem that does start with that (i.e., no init file).
    – Drew
    Oct 23, 2020 at 22:10
  • Yes, I submitted that bug report. Apologies if the recipe did not start with with emacs -Q, it should have. Oct 23, 2020 at 23:22

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