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[Orgmode] org-protocol and missing server-delete-client function

From: John Rakestraw
Subject: [Orgmode] org-protocol and missing server-delete-client function
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 16:29:20 -0400

Hi --

I'm a simple guy, not a coder, and only a little emacs-savvy. However,
this post might save some people some frustration. (And it might prompt
someone more emacs-savvy than I to teach me something.)

I faced a challenge getting org-protocol to work.

I'm running the latest org-mode from git on a Fedora 10 box. Emacs
version 22.3.1. I set up for org-protocol in emacs and in firefox
(following the instructions at
http://orgmode.org/worg/org-contrib/org-protocol.php). Then when I
tried to execute the org-protocol-remember handler, emacs pitched back
this error message:

error in process filter: symbol's function definition is void:

I looked in server.el, and didn't find server-delete-client defined
there. I found a copy of server.el for emacs 23 online at
It includes this definition of server-delete-client:

(defun server-delete-client (proc &optional noframe)
  "Delete CLIENT, including its buffers, terminals and frames.
If NOFRAME is non-nil, let the frames live.  (To be used from
  (server-log (concat "server-delete-client" (if noframe " noframe"))
  ;; Force a new lookup of client (prevents infinite recursion).
  (when (memq proc server-clients)
    (let ((buffers (process-get proc 'buffers)))

      ;; Kill the client's buffers.
      (dolist (buf buffers)
        (when (buffer-live-p buf)
          (with-current-buffer buf
            ;; Kill the buffer if necessary.
            (when (and (equal server-buffer-clients
                              (list proc))
                       (or (and server-kill-new-buffers
                                (not server-existing-buffer))
                       (not (buffer-modified-p)))
              (let (flag)
                    (progn (setq server-buffer-clients nil)
                           (kill-buffer (current-buffer))
                           (setq flag t))
                  (unless flag
                    ;; Restore clients if user pressed C-g in
      `kill-buffer'. (setq server-buffer-clients (list proc)))))))))

      ;; Delete the client's frames.
      (unless noframe
        (dolist (frame (frame-list))
          (when (and (frame-live-p frame)
                     (equal proc (frame-parameter frame 'client)))
            ;; Prevent `server-handle-delete-frame' from calling us
            ;; recursively.
            (set-frame-parameter frame 'client nil)
            (delete-frame frame))))

      (setq server-clients (delq proc server-clients))

      ;; Delete the client's tty.
      (let ((terminal (process-get proc 'terminal)))
        ;; Only delete the terminal if it is non-nil.
        (when (and terminal (eq (terminal-live-p terminal) t))
          (delete-terminal terminal)))

      ;; Delete the client's process.
      (if (eq (process-status proc) 'open)
          (delete-process proc))

      (server-log "Deleted" proc))))

When I add this definition to my config files and reload, then
org-protocol-remember works as expected. 

Surely there are still others using emacs 22.3? Is there another way
around this (short of upgrading to emacs 23 -- I might do that, but I'm
so swamped with other things right now and I know so little about
what I'm doing that I don't want to move on that yet)?

John Rakestraw

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