repeat-mode is completely failing to operate as advertised. I get the message saying it's enabled, and thereafter Emacs carries on exactly as if it has not been enabled, with supposed command-repeating keys instead being inserted into the buffer. In other words, I have never seen repeat mode work. No error messages appear. How might I go about debugging this?

Example sequence:

  • Split a frame into two or more windows
  • M-x repeat-mode (I have it on C-R). The "mode enabled" message appears.
  • C-x o switches buffer as expected.
  • o (or uppercase O) is inserted instead of repeating switch-buffer. No error, no debugger with toggle-debug-on-error.
  • M-x repeat-mode. The "mode disabled" message appears.

Ditto for the window-resizing suite of commands.

M-x describe-repeat-maps shows the window movement and resizing suites plus several others as expected. But no!

Emacs 28.1 with native comp, Manjaro, StumpWM.

  • It works for me. The message I get when I enable it is Repeat mode is enabled for 23 commands and 9 keymaps; see ‘describe-repeat-maps’. Try doing M-x describe-repeat-maps and seeing if other-window is in there? Emacs 29.0.50 built about two months ago from git.
    – NickD
    Aug 2 at 14:19
  • Did you start Emacs using emacs -Q? If not, try that. If no problem that way, then bisect your init file to find the culprit.
    – Drew
    Aug 2 at 16:01
  • @NickD edited question in response to add already-taken step Aug 2 at 16:06
  • @Drew Of course I should have done that first and of course it works with emacs -Q, blast it. Unfortunately my config is simply too complex to bisect, a web of interlocking autoloads in 96 files. Anyway, it's obviously my problem to solve alone. I was hoping somebody knew the mechanism that repeat-mode uses to intercept keystrokes. Thanks for your help anyway guys. I'll leave this up for a while in case I come up with a solution. In the meantime, it's back to C-x z for me. Aug 2 at 16:16
  • 2
    I'd still suggest some form of bisecting your init file. After all, all you're trying to test is whether repeat-mode works. Surely you can load some subset of your setup and check that, to at least narrow the search space somewhat. Anyway, good luck.
    – Drew
    Aug 2 at 19:08


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