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Re: [O] Displaying deadline datestamp in todo agenda list?

From: Matt Lundin
Subject: Re: [O] Displaying deadline datestamp in todo agenda list?
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:33:44 -0500
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Karl Fogel <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm using the DEADLINE keyword with TODO entries, and I'd like the
> DEADLINE date to be displayed as a datestamp next to each TODO item,
> when I list deadlined todo items. In other words, I don't want to have
> to duplicate the DEADLINE timestamp as a timestamp on the TODO line
> itself in my Org Mode file -- since the timestamp is already present
> as the value of the DEADLINE keyword, can't Org Mode just use it?
> Assume I have these Org Mode entries:
>   * STARTED Org Mode scheduling test KIWI.
>     DEADLINE: <2016-05-23>
>   * TODO Org Mode scheduling test MELON.
>     DEADLINE: <2016-05-25>
>   * STARTED Org Mode scheduling test LIME.
>     DEADLINE: <2016-05-24>
>   * STARTED Org Mode scheduling test TARDIGRADE.
>     SCHEDULED: <2016-05-23> DEADLINE: <2016-06-16>
> And I have this custom code to bind "d" to show just the TODO items that have 
> deadlines, in my `org-agenda' keymap:
>   (defun ots-org-entry-skip-non-deadline ()
>     "Return non-nil iff this org entry does not have the DEADLINE keyword."
>     (if (not (org-entry-get (point) "DEADLINE"))
>         (progn (outline-next-heading) (1- (point)))))
>   (defvar ots-org-agenda-custom-commands-updated-p nil
>     "If non-nil, we've already updated `org-agenda-custom-commands',
>   so don't do it again.")
>   ;; TBD: Oh, could use `org-add-agenda-custom-command' to do this.
>   (unless ots-org-agenda-custom-commands-updated-p
>     (unless (boundp 'org-agenda-custom-commands)
>       (setq org-agenda-custom-commands ()))
>     (setq org-agenda-custom-commands
>           (cons '("d" "Deadlines and scheduled work" alltodo ""
>                   ((org-agenda-skip-function 'ots-org-entry-skip-non-deadline)
>                    ;; Add code here to control deadline date display?
>                    (org-agenda-prefix-format '((agenda . " %i %-12:c%?-12t% 
> s")
>                                                (timeline . "  % s")
>                                                (todo . " %i %-12:c %s")
>                                                (tags . " %i %-12:c")
>                                                (search . " %i %-12:c")))
>                    (org-agenda-sorting-strategy '(deadline-up))))
>                 org-agenda-custom-commands))
>     (setq ots-org-agenda-custom-commands-updated-p t))

[My apologies for the previous email: I accidentally had format=flowed

Here's a working implementation, using org-agenda-add-custom-command and
the built-in mechanism for skipping non-deadline entries (you can get
rid of ots-org-entry-skip-non-deadline). I also added some justification
(the -22) to accommodate my rather long timestamp strings. Adjust as

 '("d" "Deadlines and scheduled work" alltodo ""
   ((org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'notdeadline))
    (org-agenda-prefix-format '((todo . " %i %-22(org-entry-get nil 
\"DEADLINE\") %-12:c %s")))
    (org-agenda-sorting-strategy '(deadline-up)))))


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