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Re: [O] Programmatically construct agenda from list of headline ids

From: Alexander Baier
Subject: Re: [O] Programmatically construct agenda from list of headline ids
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:19:59 +0200

On 2016-04-26 16:16 Herbert Sitz wrote:
> Alexander Baier <alexander.baier <at> mailbox.org> writes:
>> As the title mentions I have a list of ids of existing org headlines and
>> want create an agenda view listing all of these headlines.
>> Is there functionality in org-agenda, that allows me to do this?
> Nobody else has offered help yet, so I'll take a shot.

Thanks you! :)

> What exactly are your "ids"?  Do you mean you have headlines with
> assigned CUSTOM_ID properties, and you have a list of values for which
> you want to show the headlines in agenda?

The ids I am talking about are generated by org-id.  A list of these
might look as follows:

#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp

> If so, I think you could just assemble the list in a command that
> sticks new search conditions into one of your custom agenda views.
> E.g., if you currently had a custom agenda search mapped to "i" for
> two different CUSTOM_IDs, like this:
>   (setq org-agenda-custom-commands
>            '(("i" tags "CUSTOM_ID=323|CUSTOM_ID=832")))
> you could reissue command to get the search done for different list of
> custom ids:
>   (setq org-agenda-custom-commands
>            '(("i" tags "CUSTOM_ID=153|CUSTOM_ID=932|CUSTOM_ID=293")))
> I haven't tested this, but I expect it or something similar would
> work.  There are probably tweaks you could make, e.g, list could be
> combined into a regular expression so you don't need to repeat
> multiple 'CUSTOM_ID=' sections.

I want to avoid using custom agendas. I aim to use the agenda view as a
method of presenting a list of tasks, not as a search based view
triggered manually by the user (as it is normally used). The closest
example of what I am trying to achieve is the behaviour achieved by
org-contacts (when searching for a contact), which uses the agenda view,
without "polluting" the custom-agenda-selection.

Although this is not the way I wanted to populate my agenda view, I
settled on the same approach used by org-contacts. I define a skip
function that only keeps headlines whose ID is a member of my list of
ids. Here is the code:

#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp
  (let ((org-agenda-skip-function
         (lambda ()
           (if (member (org-id-get (point)) list-of-ids)
    ;; (org-todo-list) or similar calls

IIUC, this approach will scan each headline in all my agenda files only
to find those few (usually < 10) I already know how to retrieve, as I
have the relevant IDs. That is why I wanted to know whether I can just
pass those IDs to an agenda creation command which will then simply
render the corresponding headlines as an agenda view.

Kind regards,
Alexander Baier

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