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From: Robert Goldman <rpgoldman@sift.info>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: Emacs-orgmode Digest, Vol 39, Issue 122
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 13:50:17 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <4A217FE9.9000408@sift.info> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <E1MAI2p-0004xN-DP@box188.bluehost.com>

> Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 23:24:58 -0700
> From: Keith Swartz <gnu@oneroad.com>
> Subject: [Orgmode] Lazy evaluation when defining org-remember-template
> To: "[orgmode]" <emacs-orgmode@gnu.org>
> Message-ID: <4A20D13A.2000603@oneroad.com>
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> Okay, I apologize, because I think this is a really stupid elisp 
> question. I'm a little rusty, after about eight years of complacency in 
> my vast array of emacs customizations. But now that I've really gotten 
> into using org-mode, I find myself hacking away again...and forgetful.
> My org file has folders for each day of the week. I'd like to define a 
> template for org-remember that sets the default folder to whatever the 
> current day of the week is.
> Here's what I'm using now:
> (setq org-remember-templates
>     (list (list '"Todo" '?t '"* TODO %?%^{To do} %^g\n  :LOGBOOK:\n  - 
> Added: %U\n  :END:" '"d:/tmp/_my.todo" (format-time-string '"%A"))))
> Works great, except for one problem. The (format-time-string) command is 
> executed once, when my .emacs is run, and thus becomes wrong by the time 
> midnight rolls around. Sure, I could create a macro so I could redefine 
> the variable every morning with a couple of keystrokes, but that's about 
> how many keystrokes I'm saving by not having to enter the day of the 
> week when I file it. :-)
> Is there a way I can make that command evaluate at the time it is 
> invoked, rather than when it is defined? I vaguely recall doing 
> something like this, but that was five job roles, three houses, two 
> recessions, and two kids ago. :)

I can't swear that this will work, but note that the way you have
written this, it will all be evaluated at load time, as you say.  the
'list' function will evaluate its arguments to build the list.

Now, if you don't want this to be evaluated when org-remember-templates
is set, you can quote the form:

'(format-time-string "%A")

[note that you quoted the argument to format-time-string.  I don't
believe that's necessary, since strings evaluate to themselves, but I
have not tested this.]

Actually, I think you would get something easier to read if you quoted
the whole list, instead of quoting each element.  Something like:

(list '("Todo" ?t "* TODO %?%^{To do} %^g\n  :LOGBOOK:\n  -
Added: %U\n  :END:" "d:/tmp/_my.todo" (format-time-string "%A"))))

The question then is, "what happens when org-remember-templates is
retrieved?"  What you want is for this function to be evaluated when the
templates are found and used.  That will be done by
org-remember-apply-template, which we can examine....

Unfortunately, I don't see in there anything which retrieves (nth 4
entry), which is the place where your format-time-string goes, so I'm
not sure what is handling this.  It's a little confusing reading that
function's code, since "headline" is ambiguous between whether it means
the headline of the remember note to be inserted or the headline under
which to insert the note...  I believe it's the former.

Perhaps someone else can figure this out, or perhaps you could just try
quoting the list and seeing if it works to evaluate the
format-time-string when you want it to.  Org usually does The Right Thing.


       reply	other threads:[~2009-05-30 18:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 2+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
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2009-05-30 18:50 ` Robert Goldman [this message]
2009-05-30 19:39   ` Re: Emacs-orgmode Digest, Vol 39, Issue 122 Nick Dokos

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