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Org-sync is a tool to synchronize online bugtrackers with org documents. It is made for relatively small/medium projects: I find Org documents are not really suited for handling large bug lists.

The official homepage of the project is on Worg. You can find the official git repo and contact informations there.


Put the org-sync directory in your load-path and load the org-sync backend you need. You can add this to your .emacs:

(add-to-list 'load-path "path/to/org-sync") (mapc 'load '("os" "os-bb" "os-github" "os-rmine"))

Make sure you have org-element.el (it's part of recent org-mode >= 8). If you don't have it you can download a recent version in the org-sync directory:

wget -O org-element.el ';a=blob_plain;f=lisp/org-element.el'


Next, open a new org-mode buffer and run M-x os-import. It prompts you for an URL. You can try my github test repo: Org-sync should import the issues from the repo. *Note*: This is just a test repo, do not use it to report actual bugs.

Now, let's try to add a new issue. First you have to set a user/password to be able to modify the issue remotely.

Set the variable os-github-auth to like so: =(setq os-github-auth '("ostesting" . "thisisostesting42"))=

Try to add another issue e.g. insert ** OPEN my test issue. You can type a description under it if you want.

The next step is simple, just run M-x os-sync. It synchronize all the buglists in the document.

How to write a new backend

Writing a new backend is easy. If something is not clear, try to read the header in os.el or one of the existing backend.

;; backend symbol/name: demo ;; the symbol is used to find and call your backend functions (for now)

;; what kind of urls does you backend handle? ;; add it to os-backend-alist in os.el:

(defvar os-backend-alist '(("\\(?:repos/\\)?[^/]+/[^/]+" . os-github-backend) ("[^/]+/[^/]+" . os-bb-backend) ("" . os-demo-backend)))

;; if you have already loaded os.el, you'll have to add it ;; manually in that case just eval this in *scratch* (add-to-list 'os-backend-alist (cons "" 'os-demo-backend))

;; now, in its own file os-demo.el:

(require 'os)

;; this is the variable used in os-backend-alist (defvar os-demo-backend '((base-url . os-demo-base-url) (fetch-buglist . os-demo-fetch-buglist) (send-buglist . os-demo-send-buglist)) "Demo backend.")

;; this overrides os--base-url. ;; the argument is the url the user gave. ;; it must return a cannonical version of the url that will be ;; available to your backend function in the os-base-url variable.

;; In the github backend, it returns API base url ;; ie. https://api.github/reposa//

(defun os-demo-base-url (url) "Return proper URL." "")

;; this overrides os--fetch-buglist ;; you can use the variable os-base-url (defun os-demo-fetch-buglist (last-update) "Fetch buglist from (anything that happened after LAST-UPDATE)" ;; a buglist is just a plist `(:title "Stuff at" :url ,os-base-url

;; add a :since property set to last-update if you return ;; only the bugs updated since it. omit it or set it to ;; nil if you ignore last-update and fetch all the bugs of ;; the repo.

;; bugs contains a list of bugs ;; a bug is a plist too :bugs ((:id 1 :title "Foo" :status open :desc "bar."))))

;; this overrides os--send-buglist (defun os-demo-send-buglist (buglist) "Send BUGLIST to and return updated buglist" ;; here you should loop over :bugs in buglist (dolist (b (os-get-prop :bugs buglist)) (cond ;; new bug (no id) ((null (os-get-prop :id b) '(do-stuff)))

;; delete bug ((os-get-prop :delete b) '(do-stuff))

;; else, modified bug (t '(do-stuff))))

;; return any bug that has changed (modification date, new bugs, ;; etc). they will overwrite/be added in the buglist in os.el

;; we return the same thing for the demo. ;; :bugs is the only property used from this function in os.el `(:bugs ((:id 1 :title "Foo" :status open :desc "bar."))))

That's it. A bug has to have at least an id, title and status properties. Other recognized but optionnal properties are =:date-deadline=, :date-creation, :date-modification, :desc. Any other properties are automatically added in the PROPERTIES block of the bug via prin1-to-string and are read back by org-sync. All the dates are regular emacs time object. For more details you can look at the github backend in os-github.el.

More information

You can find more in the os.el commentary headers.