2016-02-08 Emacs News

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  • Stoph Long

    Sacha, I just found another way to synchronize org-mode and ios. For my uses, it’s a lot better than mobileorg. I thought you and/or your readers might be interested. It requires dropbox, but then one uses the Editorial app to work with the original file. I wrote some org related functions (folding, priority setting, status setting, sorting by status and priority) as a proof of concept. You can check out my screencast of it for more info (https://youtu.be/JclQcwc2iJs). The scripts work well for my needs. Still, please back up your work before using as I make no guarantees. Perhaps they’ll work for you or get the ball rolling. Editorial is extensible in python as well as a visual workflow language. I’m sure there are better programmers out there who can bring this to the next level. The functions to date are listed at https://forum.omz-software.com/topic/2023/feature-org-mode-support/9

    Thanks,

    Stoph

    • Neat! I don’t have an iOS device, but I’m sure lots of other people would be interested. Would you mind including the Emacs keyword in your Youtube video title or description, or posting your notes/link to http://reddit.com/r/emacs ? That’ll help me make sure I pick it up in the next Emacs News. =)

      • Stoph Long

        I’ve now posted on reddit and put Emacs in the title of the video.Thanks Sacha!

  • Helpful Elf

    How about some ‘easy fixes’ in future emacs news? Something like this:

    (cl-loop for (pkg desc) in package-archive-contents
    do (when (string-equal (package-desc-summary desc)
    package–default-summary)
    (message “%-10s %-25s %s”
    (package-desc-archive desc)
    pkg
    (package-desc-summary desc))))

    Produces this on *Messages*

    melpa cn-outline No description available.
    melpa helm-words No description available.
    melpa litecoin-ticker No description available.
    melpa matlab-mode No description available.
    melpa perl-completion No description available.
    melpa railgun No description available.
    melpa rbt No description available.
    melpa redshank No description available.
    melpa seoul256-theme No description available.
    melpa yandex-weather No description available.
    melpa zonokai-theme No description available.
    melpa crux No description available.
    melpa notmuch No description available.
    melpa voca-builder No description available.
    melpa cmake-mode No description available.
    melpa color-theme-buffer-local No description available.
    melpa quack No description available.
    melpa zeitgeist No description available.

    Maybe people will feed a positive sense of forward progress if in a couple of weeks you can report all packages now have descriptions.

    Similarly:
    – packages with too short descriptions
    – packages with no or wrong keywords

    • That’s a nifty idea, and probably worth suggesting to the MELPA maintainers so that they can make that kind of a report part of the regular MELPA website (along with tips on how to contribute). Would you like to suggest it to them? =)