When I terminate a Multi I-search, Emacs takes me back to the original buffer rather than the result I'm looking at.

I've tried terminating the search with RET, escape, arrow keys, and none of these have worked. What should I be doing instead?

To reproduce:

  1. Start Emacs with emacs -Q
  2. Open several buffers.
  3. M-x ibuffer
  4. Mark several buffers with m
  5. Start Multi I-search with M-s a C-s
  6. Search for something and press C-s until you're in at least the second buffer.
  7. RET returns you to the original buffer!
  • Arrow keys work for me. Have you tried other key sequences for movement (C-f, C-b, etc.)?
    – itsjeyd
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 20:25
  • Those don't work either.
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 20:27
  • Works for me. What version of Emacs are you running? Can you reproduce the problem if you run emacs -q? If you run emacs -Q? If emacs -q doesn't reproduce the problem, then the problem is in your init file, and you'll need to post it, or preferably the part of it that causes the problem, to get help. Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 23:07
  • The problem is reproduced in emacs -q but emacs -Q works properly. What might that mean?
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 0:02
  • After playing around further, I see that I receive the intended behavior only sometimes using emacs -Q. Other times I receive my initial problem. I am running emacs 24.3.1.
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 0:11

1 Answer 1


The search returns to the original buffer when a recursive edit is used for modal searching. But multi-file search doesn't support modal isearch. This problem is fixed in Emacs 24.4 (scheduled to be released next week as I write).

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    "the next emacs version will be released the next week" Are you sure of that? Anyway, you should include absolute values ("as of version ...", "the problem is fixed in version ... that will be released on ..."), that will make the question and answer more useful to a future reader.
    – T. Verron
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 11:52
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    – wasamasa
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 12:06

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