I am using next-conflict to detect is there any git conflict, using following answer: Jump to next merge conflict in project using Magit and Smerge. I experience that if I am at the end of the file/buffer and if there is a conflict in the same buffer/file, the conflict is not found. But if I switch into another buffer, or go to top of the buffer it iss found.

Is there any workaround to fix this issue?


(defun smerge-try-smerge ()
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (when (re-search-forward "^<<<<<<< " nil t)
      (require 'smerge-mode)
      (smerge-mode 1))))
(add-hook 'find-file-hook 'smerge-try-smerge t)
(add-hook 'after-revert-hook 'smerge-try-smerge t)

(defun smerge-next-safe ()
    "returns t on success, nil otherwise"
  (condition-case err
      (not (smerge-next))

(require 'vc)
(defun next-conflict ()  ;; key-binding
  (let ((buffer (current-buffer)))
    (when (not (smerge-next-safe))
      (if (eq buffer (current-buffer))
          (message "No conflicts found")
        (goto-char 0)

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Good idea. Here's a next-conflict function that wraps around whenever there is no more conflicted files, but the current one still has conflicts:

(defun next-conflict ()
  (let ((buffer (current-buffer)))
    (when (not (smerge-next-safe))
      (when (eq buffer (current-buffer))
        (let ((prev-pos (point)))
          (goto-char (point-min))
          (unless (smerge-next-safe)
            (goto-char prev-pos)
            (message "No conflicts found")))))))

I modified the answer you are referring to as well (it was mine answer) as such behavior is more intuitive. And changed behavior accordingly of the built-in emacs function with similar functional.

Might be worth noting that I looked at how smerge-next is defined, and it is defined with easy-mmode-define-navigation macro. As far as I look through the macro there's no way to make smerge-next wrap around the search (e.g. by changing some variable or something like that), so I open-coded the wrapping higher the stack.

  • Thanks for the update! Should I update the changes from this questions or from original answer?
    – alper
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 22:53
  • 1
    @alper from the original answer, there was an additional fix that I hesitate to include here, since this question is specific to "how to modify the code from question to resolve the question".
    – Hi-Angel
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 22:59
  • I am not sure why but this won't detect conflicts on different files if exist
    – alper
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 12:46
  • @alper me neither 😄 I am not sure what you're referring to.
    – Hi-Angel
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 12:49
  • Sorry for keep bringing this up , I have tried: gist.github.com/avatar-lavventura/… which does not detect any conflict if I am at the end of file, does it work on your end?
    – alper
    Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 21:18

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