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Re: [Orgmode] recursive todo/checkbox statistics

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] recursive todo/checkbox statistics
Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 11:04:20 +0200

Hi Alexander,

in the latest git version you can do

(setq org-hierarchical-todo-statistics nil)

Or, if you want this only for specific trees, you can
set a property[1]

:COOKIE_DATA: todo recursive


- Carsten

[1] The "todo" part in the property is unnecessary if the
    entry does not have checkboxes

On May 19, 2009, at 4:13 PM, Alexander wrote:


I've now switched to following the development version because several
things that I've wanted have been implemented in the short time I've
been using org-mode already! And I was impressed with orgmode at the

I tried version 6.26trans, and the hierarchical checkbox statistics
works as expected. But I can't get the same behavior for TODO's. I
just wanted to check that this is correct - that I'm not doing
something wrong.

Maybe I should explain more what I use org-mode for in this case to
make things clearer. I use it to keep track of the readings I have to
do for a qualifying exam. I categorize the readings according to
topic, and then track the progress of each reading as a TODO. The
reason I want to be able to check the global number of readings is to
make sure that I'm keeping the right pace. The list is pretty long
(223 entries in ~20 topics), so it's cumbersome to do by hand.

This is a better representation of the file I use:

* readings [0/0]
** topic a
*** TODO book 1
*** TODO book 2
** topic b
*** TODO article 1
*** TODO article 2
** topic c
*** TODO book 1
*** TODO article 2

So is it possible to have the cookie at the top count the TODO's at
the lower levels?

If not, it's not a big problem really - I can count them reasonably
using grep and wc, but it just seems like a combination of
hierarchical-checkbox-statistics and COOKIE_DATA: todo would do it?



On 5/19/09, Carsten Dominik <address@hidden> wrote:
We have had the same discussion recently about checkboxes,
and added a variable org-hierarchical-checkbox-statistics.

However, my personal view is that the outline hierarchy is
different, because if you are organizing tasks into a hierarchy,
so it does not make sense to add TODO's on different levels.

- Carsten

On May 19, 2009, at 12:11 AM, Alexander wrote:


Forgive me if there is an obvious way to do this that I haven't found.

Is there an easy way to calculate the total number of  tasks for a
file or a subtree?
For example, if the checkbox/todo progress cookie would calculate the
number of checkboxes/todos recursively for a subtree.

so that this:

* TODO heading 1 [1/3]
** DONE task A
** TODO task B
** TODO task C
*** TODO task C1
*** TODO task C2

would be this instead:

* TODO heading 1 [1/5]
** DONE task A
** TODO task B
** TODO task C
*** TODO task C1
*** TODO task C2

I would be fine with any other solution as well, it was just that it
seems closest to the checkbox/todo functionality.

Thanks you,


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