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Re: Org-Babel SQL block: Narrows to buffer in background when pressing T

From: Jay Zawrotny
Subject: Re: Org-Babel SQL block: Narrows to buffer in background when pressing TAB
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 11:41:14 -0400

Still running into this issue often, but I tried some techniques others have recommended to debug other issues:

Pressing TAB in an org-mode sql src block opens the src in a background buffer and locks the src block

- Behavior not reproducible when using emacs -Q
- Behavior not reproducible when running emacs in terminal with emacs -nw

Suggests behavior is not directly associated with org-babel as originally thought. Not sure where to look yet to continue though. Is there a way to capture all functions called when reproducing the behavior in the GUI?

Is anyone able to reproduce the behavior as a quick sanity check?

On Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 12:38 AM Jay Zawrotny <jayzawrotny@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Org ML,

I hope this is the right place. If not please let me know where I should surface this 😅


If I press TAB while the cursor is in a sql src block, it opens the code in a new buffer in the background. Kind of like pressing C-C C-' (org-edit-special) but silently. It's frustrating because it prevents me from editing it until I find the buffer or use org-edit-special.

  1. Create an org-mode buffer
  2. Add at least one headline
  3. Create a sql source block (sample below)
  4. Put the cursor on the "S" of the "SELECT" statement
  5. Press TAB


Indents using either native sql-mode or sql-indent-mode if installed.


Highlights the SQL src, opens it in a new buffer in the background, and I can't edit the source.


If I use M-x org-cycle directly this behavior also occurs. If I call indent-for-tab-command on the SQL sample the behavior also occurs, but I can nil-out the body of that function using the REPL and the behavior still occurs. This does not happen when using TAB in a bash src block. This does not happen in a sql-mode buffer which is why I currently suspect it to be org-babel sql specific.

GIF reproducing behavior below

2020-10-06 23.13.44.gif

I appreciate any help debugging this, or even links to docs to help me learn how to debug it.


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