I'm moving away from Spacemacs to vanilla Emacs + Evil and I liked the C-hjkl shortcuts that were available while navigating helm buffers (C-h / C-l moved up/down directories in helm find files, C-j and C-k moved up and down options). I guess the broader question may be is there a way to get evil bindings to work everywhere (not just in the above examples)? If it helps, I'm starting to use the general package for leader key functionality

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Spacemacs bind hjkl navigation for helm manually through this spacemacs//helm-hjkl-navigation, you can copy to your own configs.

As for getting evil bindings to work everywhere, I suggest to use evil-collections. Note that there are a few differences from Spacemacs.

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