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Re: [Orgmode] Sorting subheaders

From: Dan Davison
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Sorting subheaders
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:12:35 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.91 (gnu/linux)

Scott Novotney <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello,
> Does anyone know a way to sort headers or subheaders? I can sort items by 
> time in the agenda view,
> but something more powerful, possibly by :TAG: or just by name would be very 
> useful.

You want org-sort.

To sort your example by name, put the cursor in the top level heading (*
Top) and then use M-x org-sort, and select 'a' for alphanumeric
sort. org-sort calls org-sort-entries-or-items (unless you're in a
table). Below is the documentation for that (C-h f org-sort-entries-or-items)

[It looks like the main index of the manual needs a n entry under 'sort'
or 'sorting'. Currently there's only one for sorting in the agenda.]


| org-sort-entries-or-items is an interactive compiled Lisp function in
| `org.el'.
| (org-sort-entries-or-items &optional with-case sorting-type
| getkey-func compare-func property)
| Sort entries on a certain level of an outline tree, or plain list items.
| If there is an active region, the entries in the region are sorted.
| Else, if the cursor is before the first entry, sort the top-level items.
| Else, the children of the entry at point are sorted.
| If the cursor is at the first item in a plain list, the list items will be
| sorted.
| Sorting can be alphabetically, numerically, by date/time as given by
| a time stamp, by a property or by priority.
| The command prompts for the sorting type unless it has been given to the
| function through the sorting-type argument, which needs to a character,
| (?n ?N ?a ?A ?t ?T ?s ?S ?d ?D ?p ?P ?r ?R ?f ?F).  Here is the
| precise meaning of each character:
| n   Numerically, by converting the beginning of the entry/item to a number.
| a   Alphabetically, ignoring the TODO keyword and the priority, if any.
| t   By date/time, either the first active time stamp in the entry, or, if
|     none exist, by the first inactive one.
|     In items, only the first line will be chekced.
| s   By the scheduled date/time.
| d   By deadline date/time.
| c   By creation time, which is assumed to be the first inactive time stamp
|     at the beginning of a line.
| p   By priority according to the cookie.
| r   By the value of a property.
| Capital letters will reverse the sort order.
| If the sorting-type is ?f or ?F, then getkey-func specifies a function to be
| called with point at the beginning of the record.  It must return either
| a string or a number that should serve as the sorting key for that record.
| Comparing entries ignores case by default.  However, with an optional argument
| with-case, the sorting considers case as well.

> Example:
> * Top
> ** C
> ** B
> ** A
> -----------------------------------------------------
> after some magic key combination
> -----------------------------------------------------
> * Top
> ** A
> ** B
> ** C
> Thanks!
> -Scott
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