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* Org-mode macros with variable argument number
@ 2020-10-12 18:46 Holger Pirk
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From: Holger Pirk @ 2020-10-12 18:46 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Hi folks,

For a while, I have been bugged by the fact that org-mode macros need to hardcode the arguments. Among other things, this prevents, macros with a variable number of arguments (arguably most useful for “(eval”-style lisp macros). Today, I finally implemented this feature (see attached patch). It simply substitutes $arg with a list of the macro arguments.

It allows macros like this one: 

#+MACRO: no-op (eval (string-join $args ","))

Which simple outputs its arguments but does not require calls to the macro to escape commas.

{{{no-op(Hi there, this macro does nothing)}}} -> Hi there, this macro does nothing

Can you have a look to see if this can be included in the org-mode distribution?

    many thanks and best regards,


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From 52692c5091f8958690d22371eb2dc7bdec4dbbb5 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Holger <holger@pirk.name>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 15:56:14 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] add $args placeholder to macros to capture all arguments in

 lisp/org-macro.el | 21 ++++++++++++---------
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/lisp/org-macro.el b/lisp/org-macro.el
index 5ddfae4e1..fafae953d 100644
--- a/lisp/org-macro.el
+++ b/lisp/org-macro.el
@@ -167,15 +167,18 @@ default value.  Return nil if no template was found."
       (let* ((eval? (string-match-p "\\`(eval\\>" template))
-	       "\\$[0-9]+"
-	       (lambda (m)
-		 (let ((arg (or (nth (1- (string-to-number (substring m 1)))
-				     (org-element-property :args macro))
-				;; No argument: remove place-holder.
-				"")))
-		   ;; `eval' implies arguments are strings.
-		   (if eval? (format "%S" arg) arg)))
-	       template nil 'literal)))
+               "\\$args"
+               (format "(quote %S)" (org-element-property :args macro))
+	       (replace-regexp-in-string
+		"\\$[0-9]+"
+		(lambda (m)
+		  (let ((arg (or (nth (1- (string-to-number (substring m 1)))
+				      (org-element-property :args macro))
+				 ;; No argument: remove place-holder.
+				 "")))
+		    ;; `eval' implies arguments are strings.
+		    (if eval? (format "%S" arg) arg)))
+		template nil 'literal))))
         (when eval?
           (setq value (eval (condition-case nil (read value)
 			      (error (debug))))))

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