I am using rope-goto-definition to jump into a module's definition, link. But I cannot jump back to where I was. xref-pop-marker-stack says Marker stack is empty. Is it possible to jump back after running rope-goto-definition? Similiar behavior is done using jedi:goto-definition-pop-marker.

My setup:

(require 'pymacs)
(pymacs-load "ropemacs" "rope-")
(setq ropemacs-enable-autoimport 't)
(setq ropemacs-autoimport-modules '("os" "shutil"))

(defun goto-def-or-jedi ()
  "Go to definition of thing at point or do an rgrep in project if that fails"
  (condition-case nil (rope-goto-definition)
    (error (rope-goto-definition (thing-at-point 'symbol)))))

Note: On there github its said that: ropemacs is completely unmaintained and abandoned. link. So there is no hope to have support from developers. Maybe before jump, the location can be pushed into the stack?

  • Is it any particular reason to use rope? With lsp + python, xref-pop-marker-stack works flawlessly.
    – Ian
    Mar 8, 2021 at 14:46
  • just rope has auto-import option but actually no. I just want to jump into definition and get back. I wasn't able to setup of lsp + python for that that's why I also end up in rope. How can I use lsp +python to jump into module definitions?
    – alper
    Mar 8, 2021 at 15:07
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    I do not know what you tried with lsp, here are two steps to check the combination lsp+python: First install python-language-server as described [github.com/palantir/python-language-server/blob/develop/…, including all 3rd party plugins. (install [all]).
    – Ian
    Mar 9, 2021 at 12:31
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    Clone [github.com/rksm/emacs-rust-config] this package to check/play with lsp , it does not interfere with your emacs configuration - while this is written for rust, before installing it, just edit the file init.el and comment out the lines 9..35 and 48 and add the following (use-package python :ensure nil), save and install packages. Then open a python file, and M-x lsp to start lsp, M-x lsp-find-definiton of a function and M-x xref-pop-marker-stack to return to source file. Or use the already binded keys s-l g g and M-,.
    – Ian
    Mar 9, 2021 at 12:32
  • Should I add (use-package python :ensure nil), to line 9 ? including ,? How can I install it afterwards? like (load "standalone.el")?
    – alper
    Mar 9, 2021 at 19:38

1 Answer 1


you can put a mark at rope-goto-definition with https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/auto-mark.el

(require 'auto-mark)
  (setq auto-mark-command-class-alist
        '((anything . anything)
          (rope-goto-definition . jump)
          (indent-for-tab-command . ignore)
          (undo . ignore)))
  (setq auto-mark-command-classifiers
        (list (lambda (command)
                (if (and (eq command 'self-insert-command)
                         (eq last-command-event ? ))
  (global-auto-mark-mode 1)

Then you can use pop-global-mark or pop-local-mark depending on whether there is a change of buffer or not. unfortunately with this solution it is up to the user to manage when to use local or global marks.

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    Please, make it into pull request against github.com/python-rope/ropemacs
    – mcepl
    Mar 13, 2021 at 14:47
  • @mcepl This "solution" is a workaround... I don't think it's a good idea to integrate this code. If we want this evolution in ropemacs, we will have to take the time to do it properly.
    – djangoliv
    Mar 15, 2021 at 7:54

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