I am using corfu. Problem is that when I type something like "isearch" and want to continue with a new line and not to invoke a popup command.

When the corfu popup is open and suggesting isearch-cmds, isearch-face, ... and I hit ENTER Emacs does not start a new line. Instead it selects isearch-cmds from the corfu popup and inserts it.

When looking into corfu-map I see this:

 (67109092 . corfu-quit)
 (9 . corfu-complete)
 (13 . corfu-insert)
 (7 . corfu-quit)
 (27 keymap
     (100 . corfu-popupinfo-toggle)
     (32 . corfu-insert-separator)
     (104 . corfu-info-documentation)
     (103 . corfu-info-location)
     (112 . corfu-popupinfo-scroll-down)
     (110 . corfu-popupinfo-scroll-up))
 (tab . corfu-complete)
 (up . corfu-previous)
 (down . corfu-next)
 (remap keymap
        (keyboard-escape-quit . corfu-reset)
        (completion-at-point . corfu-complete)
        (previous-line . corfu-previous)
        (next-line . corfu-next)
        (scroll-up-command . corfu-scroll-up)
        (scroll-down-command . corfu-scroll-down)
        (end-of-buffer . corfu-last)
        (beginning-of-buffer . corfu-first)))

I think the 13 is the ENTER key and it is bound to corfu-insert.

So how do I remove the 13 entry from corfu-map so that hitting ENTER inserts a new line instead of invocing the command.

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(define-key corfu-map (kbd "<RET>") nil)
  • 1
    What seems to overwrite the keymap? In what way? All this code does is remove the RET binding for corfu-map. Whatever other binding RET has currently should then be in effect. The question, as I read it, is how to remove the binding of RET to corfu-insert. I answered that, I think.
    – Drew
    Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 16:45
  • Sorry I was wrong, Drew is right. It seems that you can overwrite the keymap if you specify some function other than nil.
    – roomworoof
    Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 17:30
  • If nil, the original function remains.
    – roomworoof
    Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 17:40
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    Confusingly this code adds (return) to the map but the 13 is not removed. But it has the desired effect!
    – Witek
    Commented Apr 5, 2023 at 7:54
  • @Witek: Really? What does M-: (kbd "<RET>") RET tell you? Does it tell you [return]? For me it returns "^M"; that is, a string with the single character Control M, which is 13.
    – Drew
    Commented Apr 5, 2023 at 22:49

How about overriding the called function corfu-insert? This overriden function just put a linefeed unless you tab-complete or move up/down to select.

(eval-after-load 'corfu
  '(defun corfu-insert ()
     (if (> corfu--index 0) ;; was: >=0
         (corfu--insert 'finished) ;; original behavior
       (insert-char ?\n)))) ;; only put linefeed as you wish

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