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This page is for ad hoc bits of code. Feel free to add quick hacks and workaround. Go crazy.

Automatically add an appointment when clocking in a task

;; Make sure you have a sensible value for `appt-message-warning-time'
(defvar bzg-org-clock-in-appt-delay 100
  "Number of minutes for setting an appointment by clocking-in")

This function let's you add an appointment for the current entry. This can be useful when you need a reminder.

(defun bzg-org-clock-in-add-appt (&optional n)
  "Add an appointment for the Org entry at point in N minutes."
    (org-back-to-heading t)
    (looking-at org-complex-heading-regexp)
    (let* ((msg (match-string-no-properties 4))
	   (ct-time (decode-time))
	   (appt-min (+ (cadr ct-time)
			(or n bzg-org-clock-in-appt-delay)))
	   (appt-time ; define the time for the appointment
	    (progn (setf (cadr ct-time) appt-min) ct-time)))
      (appt-add (format-time-string
		 "%H:%M" (apply 'encode-time appt-time)) msg)
      (if (interactive-p) (message "New appointment for %s" msg)))))

You can advise org-clock-in so that C-c C-x C-i will automatically add an appointment:

(defadvice org-clock-in (after org-clock-in-add-appt activate)
  "Add an appointment when clocking a task in."

You may also want to delete the associated appointment when clocking out. This function does this:

(defun bzg-org-clock-out-delete-appt nil
  "When clocking out, delete any associated appointment."
    (org-back-to-heading t)
    (looking-at org-complex-heading-regexp)
    (let* ((msg (match-string-no-properties 4)))
      (setq appt-time-msg-list
	    (delete nil
		     (lambda (appt)
		       (if (not (string-match (regexp-quote msg)
					      (cadr appt))) appt))

And here is the advice for org-clock-out (C-c C-x C-o)

(defadvice org-clock-out (before org-clock-out-delete-appt activate)
  "Delete an appointment when clocking a task out."

*IMPORTANT*: You can add appointment by clocking in in both an =org-mode= and an org-agenda-mode buffer. But clocking out from agenda buffer with the advice above will bring an error.

Use Org-mode with Screen [Andrew Hyatt]

"The general idea is that you start a task in which all the work will take place in a shell. This usually is not a leaf-task for me, but usually the parent of a leaf task. From a task in your org-file, M-x ash-org-screen will prompt for the name of a session. Give it a name, and it will insert a link. Open the link at any time to go the screen session containing your work!"

(require 'term)

(defun ash-org-goto-screen (name)                                              
  "Open the screen with the specified name in the window"                      
  (interactive "MScreen name: ")                                              
  (let ((screen-buffer-name (ash-org-screen-buffer-name name)))                
    (if (member screen-buffer-name                                            
                (mapcar 'buffer-name (buffer-list)))                          
        (switch-to-buffer screen-buffer-name)                                  
      (switch-to-buffer (ash-org-screen-helper name "-dr")))))  

(defun ash-org-screen-buffer-name (name)
  "Returns the buffer name corresponding to the screen name given."
  (concat "*screen " name "*"))

(defun ash-org-screen-helper (name arg)
  ;; Pick the name of the new buffer.
  (let ((term-ansi-buffer-name
	  (ash-org-screen-buffer-name name))))
    (setq term-ansi-buffer-name
	   term-ansi-buffer-name "/usr/bin/screen" nil arg name))
    (set-buffer term-ansi-buffer-name)
    (term-set-escape-char ?\C-x)

(defun ash-org-screen (name)
  "Start a screen session with name"
  (interactive "MScreen name: ")
    (ash-org-screen-helper name "-S"))
  (insert-string (concat "[[screen:" name "]]")))

;; And don't forget to add ("screen" . "elisp:(ash-org-goto-screen
;; \"%s\")") to org-link-abbrev-alist.

Org Agenda + Appt + Zenity

Russell Adams posted this setup on the list. It make sure your agenda appointments are known by Emacs, and it displays warnings in a zenity popup window.

; For org appointment reminders

;; Get appointments for today
(defun my-org-agenda-to-appt ()
  (setq appt-time-msg-list nil)
  (let ((org-deadline-warning-days 0))    ;; will be automatic in org 5.23

;; Run once, activate and schedule refresh
(appt-activate t)
(run-at-time "24:01" nil 'my-org-agenda-to-appt)

; 5 minute warnings
(setq appt-message-warning-time 15)
(setq appt-display-interval 5)

; Update appt each time agenda opened.
(add-hook 'org-finalize-agenda-hook 'my-org-agenda-to-appt)

; Setup zenify, we tell appt to use window, and replace default function
(setq appt-display-format 'window)
(setq appt-disp-window-function (function my-appt-disp-window))

(defun my-appt-disp-window (min-to-app new-time msg)                      
  (save-window-excursion (shell-command (concat 
    "/usr/bin/zenity --info --title='Appointment' --text='" 
    msg "' &") nil nil)))


From Detlef Steuer

:remind ( is a very powerful :command line calendaring program. Its features superseed the possibilities :of orgmode in the area of date specifying, so that I want to use it :combined with orgmode.

:Using the script below I'm able use remind and incorporate its output in my :agenda views. The default of using 13 months look ahead is easily :changed. It just happens I sometimes like to look a year into the :future. :-)


Anything users may find the snippet below interesting:

(defvar org-remember-anything
  '((name . "Org Remember")
    (candidates . (lambda () (mapcar 'car org-remember-templates)))
    (action . (lambda (name)
                (let* ((orig-template org-remember-templates)
                        (list (assoc name orig-template))))
                  (call-interactively 'org-remember))))))

You can add it to your 'anything-sources' variable and open remember directly from anything. I imagine this would be more interesting for people with many remember templatesm, so that you are out of keys to assign those to. You should get something like this:


Reload Org

This function by Bernt Hansen reloads Org's compiled files. This is useful when you update and compile Org often.

By default it reloads compiled org files. If you call it with a prefix argument it reloads source files.

;; Your org-mode directory

(setq my-org-mode-git-directory "~/git/org-mode")

(defun org-reload-org (&optional source)
  "Reload Compiled Org lisp files."
  (interactive "p")
  (message "source is %s" source)
  (if (equal source 4)
      (setq my-org-files "\\.el\\'")
    (setq my-org-files "\\.elc\\'"))
  (mapc (lambda(f) (load (car f)))
	(directory-files-and-attributes (concat my-org-mode-git-directory "/lisp") t my-org-files)))

(defun org-reload-org nil
  "Reload Org lisp files."
  (mapc (lambda(f) (load (car f)))
	  (concat my-org-mode-git-directory "/lisp") t "\\.elc\\'")))

Normally you want to use the compiled files since they are faster. If you run into a bug and want to generate a useful backtrace for the maintainer you can reload the source files and enter debugger on error with

:C-u M-x org-reload-org

and turn on the "Enter Debugger On Error" option. Redo the action that generates the error and cut and paste the resulting backtrace into an email. To switch back to the compiled version just reload again with

:M-x org-reload-org

Split horizontally for agenda

If you would like to split the frame into two side-by-side windows when displaying the agenda, try this hack from Jan Rehders, which uses the `toggle-window-split' from

;; Patch org-mode to use vertical splitting
(defadvice org-prepare-agenda (after org-fix-split)
(ad-activate 'org-prepare-agenda)