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From: Charles Cave <charles_cave@optusnet.com.au>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: My Python solution to generating unique Ids in headlines
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:20:13 +1100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <200903042320.n24NKDmD007471@mail11.syd.optusnet.com.au> (raw)

Recently I asked about a method of inserting a unique number in a
headline. My requirement is to be able to uniquely identify a
particular headline when exporting data to another system
(ListPro on Palm/Windows).     

I settled on using a small Python script, since I am not
a Lisp programmer.

1.  I created a text file todononum.txt which contains
the next number to use.

2.  I created the following script to read this file, return the
next available number formatted in a unique, easy to find string,
for example [#310].

# script next_todo.py 
import sys
nextnum_file = "C:/charles/gtd/todonum.txt"

   f = open(nextnum_file, 'r')
except IOError:
   print "Unable to open %s. Program terminating." % nextnum_file

val = int(f.readline()) + 1

of = open(nextnum_file, 'w')
of.write("%d\n"  % val)

print "[#%s]" % val

3. I created a one line batch file nextnum.bat (I'm on Windows!) 

python c:/charles/gtd/next_todo.py

4. In org-mode I insert the  unique id by positioning the
cursor at the end of the headline text, then entering the command

ESC-1 ESC-! nextnum RET   Ctl-D

The Ctrl D is needed to remove a carriage return (not sure why it is

Can someone give me Lisp code equivalent of
the command sequene above? I know it is something to do
with (shell command .... )

The end result now looks like 

*** Post  to org-mode list about next sequential [#315]  :COMPUTER:

Once I have  Lisp code to implement the command sequence I will have
a satisfactory solution to generating the unique id when I need it.

Charles Cave
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Email:  charles_cave@optusnet.com.au
Follow me on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ozcaveman

             reply	other threads:[~2009-03-04 23:20 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-03-04 23:20 Charles Cave [this message]
2009-03-04 23:59 ` My Python solution to generating unique Ids in headlines Nick Dokos
2009-03-05  2:40   ` Charles Cave
2009-03-05  9:37     ` Carsten Dominik
2009-03-06  2:13       ` Samuel Wales
2009-03-05  8:39 ` Ian Barton

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