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[O] org-contacts-anniversaries 'Bad sexp' bug keeps haunting me

From: Christoph LANGE
Subject: [O] org-contacts-anniversaries 'Bad sexp' bug keeps haunting me
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:50:29 +0200
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Hi all,

for a while I had been able to run org-contacts-anniversaries with BIRTHDAY dates successfully, as explained at the bottom of https://julien.danjou.info/projects/emacs-packages#org-contacts. This was on 64-bit Linux. On 32-bit Windows I had the function disabled, as I have contacts both before 1970. (See this thread: http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.emacs.orgmode/42139)

Now, for the first time, I'm running a 64-bit Emacs on Windows (http://emacsbinw64.sourceforge.net/). I was confident that org-contacts-anniversaries would work for me, but it didn't. Once more any invocation of an agenda involving org-contacts-anniversaries haunted me with the "Bad sexp" error message, pointing to the line in my contacts.org that contains "%%(org-contacts-anniversaries)".

I am running org-8.2.7c from ELPA, on Emacs

I think I didn't make any of the mistakes documented previously:

* running a mixed Org installation (Org as bundled with Emacs, plus non-bundled packages; http://stackoverflow.com/a/15568713/2397768)

* using the wrong syntax for org-contacts-files (http://stackoverflow.com/a/14057170/2397768)

* using empty BIRTHDAY fields (http://stackoverflow.com/a/21968778/2397768)

* not having diary loaded (https://www.mail-archive.com/address@hidden/msg48710.html – but isn't it actually loaded automatically by org-agenda.el when org-agenda-include-diary is set to t?)

FYI this is how I disabled org-contacts-anniversaries on non-64-bit systems:

; disable anniversaries on non-64-bit systems (as they don't handle dates before 1970) (defadvice org-contacts-anniversaries (around disable-org-contacts-anniversaries-on-32-bit)
  "No anniversaries on 32-bit systems"
  (if (string-prefix-p "x86_64" system-configuration)
(ad-activate 'org-contacts-anniversaries)

This code does not cause my problem. I have tested it before, and without this code I'm still getting the "Bad sexp".

I'm giving up for now, reverting to manually maintained entries like this in my contacts.org:

%%(org-anniversary YYYY MM DD) Name (%d years)

Cheers, and thanks in advance for any helpful advice,


Christoph Lange, Enterprise Information Systems Department
Applied Computer Science @ University of Bonn; Fraunhofer IAIS
http://langec.wordpress.com/about, Skype duke4701

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