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Re: [Orgmode] org-publish doesn't republish if you delete the .html file

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] org-publish doesn't republish if you delete the .html files
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 10:30:16 +0200

On May 10, 2009, at 9:27 PM, Daniel Clemente wrote:

Hi; with org 6.26trans:

1. Publish a project you have configured with org-publish, concretely one that places the .html files locally beside the .org files. 2. While exporting, Org creates its own data in ~/.org-timestamps to cache things
3. Delete the new .html which have been created
4. Try to publish the same project again
5. Org-publish skips the file: Skipping unmodified file /home/dc/ patata/index.org

One problem here is that org-publish does not really know
the name of the file that will be produced, because the
publishing function can be freely set by the user and
may, for example, produce several files in one go.

I see very well how useful this checking would be, and it
could be done readily for the built-in publishing functions.
But I am not yet sure how this is to be done.

Workaround:  Use a prefix argument when publishing, this will
force republishing of all files.


- Carsten

I think that most people would expect the .html files to be created again. Now users are expected to delete ~/.org-timestamps manually, which is not obvious.

Org could check for the .html files first, and if they are not present, always create them. Even if this check involves access to a remote server, I think it is worth it at access time, since it assures republishing (and otherwise, you get nothing).

Full event log:

| Saving file /home/dc/patata/index.html...
| Wrote /home/dc/patata/index.html
| Exporting... done
| Saving file /home/dc/.org-timestamps/ X24bafcf2c400ea6b5088e9afd58c590112bccd0c... | Wrote /home/dc/.org-timestamps/ X24bafcf2c400ea6b5088e9afd58c590112bccd0c
| Delete * [2 files] (y or n)
| 1 of 2 deletions
| 2 of 2 deletions
| 2 deletions done
| Select command:
| Skipping unmodified file /home/dc/patata/temas.org
| Skipping unmodified file /home/dc/patata/index.org
| Updating buffer list...done
| Commands: m, u, t, RET, g, k, S, D, Q; q to quit; h for help
| Mark saved where search started
| Mark set


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