* Ical import in Emacs 27.1 core packages
@ 2020-08-13 13:45 Russell Adams
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From: Russell Adams @ 2020-08-13 13:45 UTC (permalink / raw)
I've just upgraded to Emacs 27.1 and the latest Org
(9.3.7-18-g093b47-elpa). While reviewing my init.el I found I was
still depending on org-import-icalendar.el to import ics files.
The link on Worg for this file is broken, and I could not find a good
source. It's not in ELPA or MELPA, so I felt it was a dead end.
Instead I discovered that Emacs Gnus already has an icalendar importer
which includes some Org functions! I'm not sure when they were
introduced, but I wanted to share because it's a built-in.
In my init.el:
;; Import ical files
'("#" "Ical capture target" plain
:immediate-finish t :empty-lines 1))
(setq gnus-icalendar-org-template-key "#")
(defun rla-import-ical-to-org-capture (filename)
The key is to have a predefined org-capture template created for
Gnus. There is a function to create one for you, but I preferred to
make one by hand which is just a plain Org file with each new event
appended to the end of the file. The Agenda.org file is also in my
Then I added a simple wrapper function to import an external file into
a buffer for Gnus to save to Org. I think Gnus called it with a buffer
which already contained the ical attachment from the mail message it
was currently viewing.
Now in Mutt if I receive a calendar invite, I can use mailcap to
import it into Org.
text/calendar; emacsclient -e '(rla-import-ical-to-org-capture "%s")' ; copiousoutput
application/ics; emacsclient -e '(rla-import-ical-to-org-capture "%s")' ; copiousoutput
Please let me know if this works for anyone else. It may be worth
documenting on Worg.
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