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Re: [O] Broken org-mode "Column width and alignment" in latest version

From: Kaushal Modi
Subject: Re: [O] Broken org-mode "Column width and alignment" in latest version
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:28:08 +0000

On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 5:21 PM Ruy Exel <address@hidden> wrote:
The "Column width and alignment" feature of org-mode (http://orgmode.org/manual/Column-width-and-alignment.html) is not working in the latest GIT version (as of Fri Dec 8 20:06:59 BRST 2017).

I have just tested it in the table

  |   | <6>                          |
  | 1 | one                          |
  | 2 | two                          |
  | 3 | This is a long chunk of text |
  | 4 | four                         |

which is actually the example given in the manual.  It fails under the latest version (column width is unchanged upon alignment)

I am assuming you are using the master/development version of Org from git? If so, see this in ORG-NEWS:

*** =align= STARTUP value no longer narrow table columns

Columns narrowing (or shrinking) is now dynamic. See [[*Dynamically
narrow table columns]] for details. In particular, it is decoupled from

If you need to automatically shrink columns upon opening an Org
document, use =shrink= value instead, or in addition to align:

,#+STARTUP: align shrink

but it works OK in an older version (Org version 7.9.3f - GNU Emacs 24.3).

Wow! That's a very old version!

As you are making this big version upgrade, it would be worthwhile to go through the whole of http://orgmode.org/cgit.cgi/org-mode.git/tree/etc/ORG-NEWS and make a note of new features and few breaking changes since that version.

Kaushal Modi

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