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Re: [Orgmode] Possible bug in ordered tasks

From: Robert Goldman
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Possible bug in ordered tasks
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:23:09 -0500
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On 6/25/10 Jun 25 -2:03 AM, Carsten Dominik wrote:
> Hi Robert,
> On Jun 18, 2010, at 5:42 PM, Robert Goldman wrote:
>> I have found what I believe to be a bug in handling ordered subtasks.
>> Here is the behavior:
>> I have a top level set of tasks that is ordered.
>> One of the outline items below the top level set is a grab bag of tasks
>> that will be performed in parallel.  So this task is NOT ordered
>> (ORDERED: nil).
>> The problem is that the blocking behavior from ordered tasks seems to be
>> inherited from the top level task list into the second level of the
>> outline, even though the ORDERED property at the second level is
>> explicitly overridden.
>> I am attaching an org file that displays this issue.  To see the
>> problem, put your cursor on the "Bar" task and attempt to change its
>> status to DONE.
> The problem here is that the value of the ORDERED property is the string
> "nil", and that is of course not nil!
> I have introduced a special case to have "nil" interpreted as nil here,
> because your use case makes a lot of sense.

Oh, dear.  That makes perfect sense, now that I think of it.

Question:  what is the proper way to get a NIL into a property?  Are we
to use () instead of "nil"?  Or are property values always interpreted
as strings?

Apologies in advance if this is a stupid question!


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