I generally have a problem of integrating the work I do in the shell with the tasks in org-mode. Plus, I often need access to the shells at home I started from work. I thought I'd combine these problems into a little org-mode extension that ties screen and org-mode together, via ansi-term.
For these to work, you have to load ansi-term, which my hack is based on.
If there's enough interest, I'll make a real .el file out of this.
The general idea is that you start a task in which all the work will take place in a shell. This usually is not a leaf-task for me, but usually the parent of a leaf task. From a task in your org-file, M-x ash-org-screen will prompt for the name of a session. Give it a name, and it will insert a link. Open the link at any time to go the screen session containing your work!
It works pretty well for me. The only problem is that I often run emacs in a screen session itself, and I can never get scrolling to work right in screen-in-screen.
(defun ash-org-screen-buffer-name (name)
"Returns the buffer name corresponding to the screen name given."
(concat "*screen " name "*"))
(defun ash-org-screen-helper (name arg)
;; Pick the name of the new buffer.
(let ((term-ansi-buffer-name (generate-new-buffer-name (ash-org-screen-buffer-name name))))
(term-ansi-make-term term-ansi-buffer-name "/usr/bin/screen" nil
(defun ash-org-screen (name)
"Start a screen session with name"
(interactive "MScreen name: ")
(ash-org-screen-helper name "-S"))
(insert-string (concat "[[screen:" name "]]")))
And don't forget to add ("screen" . "elisp:(ash-org-goto-screen \"%s\")") to org-link-abbrev-alist.
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