I use emacs and evil. If I set a marker using 'evil-set-marker, scroll elsewhere in the file, and then execute 'evil-goto-mark or 'evil-goto-mark-line, the window will scroll back until the position I’ve jumped to is visible, but will not return it to the same screen position. For example, the line I started from may have been the 3rd line from the top of the window, but will not necessarily be that anymore.

Is there a library that will restore windows to the same screen position when I execute 'evil-goto-mark or 'evil-goto-mark-line? For an additional refinement, I would like this behaviour only if jumping to the marker involves scrolling.

From a similar question, it looks like what I want to happen is for evil to store (window-start) when making a marker, and then set it again (using 'set-window-start) when jumping to that marker. I will probably code this up now that I know this, but I would still like to know if there is a library that will handle it for me.

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Save and restore the value of point in the window you're interested in.

  • Function window-point gives you the current value for a given window.
  • Function set-window-point sets the value for a given window.
  • I don’t believe this answers my question. point is the position of the cursor relative to the start of the file, not relative to the screen. If I run (set-window-start (get-buffer-window) (+ 20 (window-start))), for example, the screen position of the current line changes (it moves up towards the top of the screen), but point remains the same – therefore restoring it is not sufficient.
    – emdash
    Aug 20, 2022 at 18:11
  • To explain a bit further: say point is on the last line visible in my window. I save it (say its value is 19900), and then scroll down further into the file. If I call (set-window-point (get-buffer-window) 19900), point will be successfully restored to its previous value, but will now be on the first line visible in my window – I would like it instead to be on the last line, as that's the line it was on before I navigated away. When I jump back with 'evil-goto-mark, I would like the visible screen area to be the same as it was when I called 'evil-set-marker.
    – emdash
    Aug 20, 2022 at 18:26
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    In that case, do what you say in your question's last paragraph. That assumes that your window remains the same height. (There's no function set-window-end.)
    – Drew
    Aug 20, 2022 at 21:15

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