In evil mode surround keys dont work without spaces

What happened?

In evil mode use keys such as cs([ It will not work when the example line is (test) But will work when theres space around the character Consider ( test )

What did you expect to happen?

There are several commands that only works when theres a space around text.

Steps to reproduce

  1. open a buffer

  2. Paste this following content (Test) Also paste this one ( Test )

  3. Try to execute the command by placing cursor on start of the bracket cs([

Do the same thing on second example.

This will fail for first text (Test) But will work on the second example.

Any thoughts? Appreciate any help!

System information

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Use cs)] instead. Same rule goes for all paren/braces. E.g. ysiw[ == [ word ] but ysiw] == [word].

Thank you so much, this really helps! Do you think I can replace/keep the original key behavior?

I think I have gotten use to with the muscle memory of the original shortcut.

No worries, if I cant. Once again, I really appreciate the help – it had bothered me enough to ask this question.

Original? This has always been evil-surround’s behavior.

But you can change it by changing evil-surround-pairs-alist. E.g. Here’s how you’d flip their semantics:

;;; add to $DOOMDIR/config.el
(after! evil-surround
  (setf (alist-get ?\( evil-surround-pairs-alist) '("(" . ")")
        (alist-get ?\[ evil-surround-pairs-alist) '("[" . "]")
        (alist-get ?\{ evil-surround-pairs-alist) '("{" . "}")
        ;; optionally:
        (alist-get ?\) evil-surround-pairs-alist) '("( " . " )")
        (alist-get ?\] evil-surround-pairs-alist) '("[ " . " ]")
        (alist-get ?\} evil-surround-pairs-alist) '("{ " . " }")))

This is amazing! Thank you!!!