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Re: [Orgmode] Agenda sorting strategy


From: Samuel Wales
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Agenda sorting strategy
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2010 19:14:32 -0700

org-agenda-cmp-user-defined + org-entry-get = solution.

On 2010-10-04, Carsten Dominik <address@hidden> wrote:
>
> On Oct 1, 2010, at 10:51 AM, S├ębastien Vauban wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>> Here is a minimal example of problems I experience with the sorting
>> strategy
>> of the agenda.
>>
>> --8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
>> * Appointments
>>
>> ** Technician for washing machine
>>   <2010-10-01 Fri>
>>
>> I don't know when he will come. He'll call a couple of minutes
>> before coming.
>>
>> ** TV show
>>   <2010-10-01 Fri 19:00-20:00>
>>
>> * Task areas
>>
>> ** Work
>>   :PROPERTIES:
>>   :CATEGORY: Work
>>   :END:
>>
>> *** TODO [#A] Reply to mail
>>    SCHEDULED: <2010-09-29 Wed>
>>
>> *** TODO Work on offer
>>    SCHEDULED: <2010-09-30 Thu>
>>
>> *** TODO Have the report ready for my boss
>>    DEADLINE: <2010-10-08 Fri>
>>
>> ** Personal
>>   :PROPERTIES:
>>   :CATEGORY: Personal
>>   :END:
>>
>> *** TODO [#A] Call neighbor
>>    SCHEDULED: <2010-09-27 Mon>
>>
>> *** TODO Put oil on the outside table
>>    SCHEDULED: <2010-09-28 Tue>
>>
>> *** TODO Invite some friends
>>    SCHEDULED: <2010-10-01 Fri>
>>
>> * Agenda sorting strategy
>>
>> ** Objectives
>>
>> Get the tasks sorted:
>>
>> - by priority ("A", "B" or "C"), then
>> - by "role" (category "personal" or "work"), then
>> - by delay
>>
>> i.e.,
>>
>> :   Sched:      Technician for washing machine
>> :                8:00-09:00 ________
>> :               10:00-11:00 ________
>> :               12:00-13:00 ________
>> :               14:00-15:00 ________
>> :               16:00-17:00 ________
>> :               18:00-19:00 ________
>> :   Sched:      19:00-20:00 TV show
>> :               20:00-21:00 ________
>> :               22:00-23:00 ________
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 5x:  TODO [#A] Call neighbor
>> :   Work:       Sched. 3x:  TODO [#A] Reply to mail
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 4x:  TODO Put oil on the outside table
>> :   Personal:   Scheduled:  TODO Invite some friends
>> :   Work:       Sched. 2x:  TODO Work on offer
>> :   Work:       In   7 d.:  TODO Have the report ready for my boss
>>
>> Note that I would like (well "dated" but) "untimed" events (such as
>> "The
>> technician will come today") to be just before the day overview.
>> Would it be
>> just after, it's OK as well, but less visible.
>>
>> :                8:00-09:00 ________
>> :               10:00-11:00 ________
>> :               12:00-13:00 ________
>> :               14:00-15:00 ________
>> :               16:00-17:00 ________
>> :               18:00-19:00 ________
>> :   Sched:      19:00-20:00 TV show
>> :               20:00-21:00 ________
>> :               22:00-23:00 ________
>> :   Sched:      Technician for washing machine
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 5x:  TODO [#A] Call neighbor
>> :   Work:       Sched. 3x:  TODO [#A] Reply to mail
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 4x:  TODO Put oil on the outside table
>> :   Personal:   Scheduled:  TODO Invite some friends
>> :   Work:       Sched. 2x:  TODO Work on offer
>> :   Work:       In   7 d.:  TODO Have the report ready for my boss
>>
>> But, anyway, I cannot get any of these!
>>
>> What is important to see as well is that all my A tasks are at the
>> top of the
>> list (sorted by category: first Personal, then Work), then all my B
>> tasks
>> (sorted by category: first Personal, then Work).
>>
>> ** Default value
>>
>> #+begin_src emacs-lisp
>> (setq org-agenda-sorting-strategy
>>      '((agenda habit-down time-up priority-down category-keep)
>>        (todo priority-down category-keep)
>>        (tags priority-down category-keep)
>>        (search category-keep)))
>> #+end_src
>>
>> #+results:
>> :                8:00-09:00 ________
>> :               10:00-11:00 ________
>> :               12:00-13:00 ________
>> :               14:00-15:00 ________
>> :               16:00-17:00 ________
>> :               18:00-19:00 ________
>> :   Sched:      19:00-20:00 TV show
>> :               20:00-21:00 ________
>> :               22:00-23:00 ________
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 5x:  TODO [#A] Call neighbor
>> :   Work:       Sched. 3x:  TODO [#A] Reply to mail
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 4x:  TODO Put oil on the outside table
>> :   Work:       Sched. 2x:  TODO Work on offer
>> :   Personal:   Scheduled:  TODO Invite some friends
>> :   Sched:      Technician for washing machine
>> :   Work:       In   7 d.:  TODO Have the report ready for my boss
>>
>> ** Custom value
>>
>> #+begin_src emacs-lisp
>> (setq org-agenda-sorting-strategy
>>      '((agenda priority-down category-up time-up)
>>        (todo priority-down category-keep)
>>        (tags priority-down category-keep)
>>        (search category-keep)))
>> #+end_src
>>
>> #+results:
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 5x:  TODO [#A] Call neighbor
>> :   Work:       Sched. 3x:  TODO [#A] Reply to mail
>> :   Personal:   Sched. 4x:  TODO Put oil on the outside table
>> :   Work:       Sched. 2x:  TODO Work on offer
>> :   Personal:   Scheduled:  TODO Invite some friends
>> :   Sched:      19:00-20:00 TV show
>> :   Sched:      Technician for washing machine
>> :   Work:       In   7 d.:  TODO Have the report ready for my boss
>> :                8:00-09:00 ________
>> :               10:00-11:00 ________
>> :               12:00-13:00 ________
>> :               14:00-15:00 ________
>> :               16:00-17:00 ________
>> :               18:00-19:00 ________
>> :               20:00-21:00 ________
>> :               22:00-23:00 ________
>>
>> Observations:
>>
>> - for equivalent priorities (B), *tasks are not sorted by category*
>> (?):
>>  + Personal:   Sched. 4x:  TODO Put oil on the outside table
>>  + Work:       Sched. 2x:  TODO Work on offer
>>  + Personal:   Scheduled:  TODO Invite some friends
>
> The reason for this is that the priority has several components.
> The specified priority #B (even if omitted) is one component.
> But since "Work on offer" was already scheduled yesterday,
> its priority is pushed up.  You can see the computed priority
> by pressing "P" on items in the agenda.
>
>
>>
>> - day overview is at the end of the buffer (!!)
>
>
> To get this right, you need time-up early in the strategy.
>
>> --8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---
>>
>> Can you help me getting what I want?
>
> Hope this at least helps to understand what is going on.
>
> I guess we could have a variable to make priority only
> consider the priority cookies and not the urgency depending
> on deadlines and scheduling dates.  Or make the priority formula
> configurable.  But neither of these is currently implemented, so
> changing this would require some code to be written.
>
> - Carsten
>
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