How do I disable evil-mode in a buffer in which git-timemachine is activated?

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    evil-mode is a global minor mode, what you're probably after is not disabling it alltogether (since that would disable it anywhere else, too).
    – wasamasa
    Mar 5, 2015 at 15:10

3 Answers 3


This answer is directly from the EVIL developer Frank Fischer,

I tested on Emacs24.4 with latest evil1.0.9+. Most evil key bindings still works, but we let git-timemachine's hotkeys take priority.

;; @see https://bitbucket.org/lyro/evil/issue/511/let-certain-minor-modes-key-bindings
(eval-after-load 'git-timemachine
     (evil-make-overriding-map git-timemachine-mode-map 'normal)
     ;; force update evil keymaps after git-timemachine-mode loaded
     (add-hook 'git-timemachine-mode-hook #'evil-normalize-keymaps)))

This piece of advice will toggle evil-local-mode: disabling it when you enable git-timemachine-mode, and enabling it when you turn off git-timemachine-mode:

(defadvice git-timemachine-mode (after toggle-evil activate)
  "Turn off `evil-local-mode' when enabling
`git-timemachine-mode', and turn it back on when disabling
  (evil-local-mode (if git-timemachine-mode -1 1)))
  • Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for. Sadly it's not working though. Could it be because git-timemachine-mode is activated by calling git-timemachine (i.e. without -mode at the end)? Mar 7, 2015 at 17:02

If you want evil to be in emacs mode when you launch git-timemachine, try that: http://wikemacs.org/wiki/Evil#Enter_an_emacs_mode_in_a_given_state

In a nutshell, try

(evil-set-initial-state 'git-timemachine 'emacs)
  • I'm not sure this will work if, as @wasamusa notes, git-timemachine is a minor mode rather than a major mode.
    – Dan
    Mar 6, 2015 at 14:50
  • That's totally not what I was hinting at. But thanks for the information, that calls for a different way of solving it.
    – wasamasa
    Mar 6, 2015 at 15:19

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