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Re: Deleting (not archiving) TODO items when done

From: Samuel Wales
Subject: Re: Deleting (not archiving) TODO items when done
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2021 14:27:56 -0700

as peter said, and you can probably collapse and kill the line or kill
using an agenda command.

the archive is used variously.  so is git.  so are items like

  * LOG [ts] header

and also there is logbook.  so where does one store e.g. records of
conversations?  something i struggle with.  in op's case, git and
things like rsnapshot would be the places he could find what he

i tend to be conservative, and sometimes doneify and archive AND use
LOG.  drawbacks include impossibly slow archiving [i suspect direct OS
appending to file would be a workaround] and finding needles in
haystacks filled with trivial and near-duplicate entries.

some don't search archives much, some want only meaningful things
there.  etc.  i am learning the maening of bloat.

On 8/4/21, Peter Neilson <neilson@windstream.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 04 Aug 2021 13:47:11 -0400, William Denton <wtd@pobox.com> wrote:
>> When I've marked a TODO item as DONE and want to get it out of my
>> projects list, I've always used C-c C-x C-a
>> (org-archive-subtree-default) to get it out of the way.
>> Today I had to go through the archive file to find an old note about
>> something, and the file was huge because it was filled with many trivial
>> TODOs that didn't need to be archived.  For example, If I'm waiting to
>> hear back from someone, when they reply I usually just want to mark the
>> task DONE and delete it.  I don't need to record it forever.
>> Maybe I've been using the archiving not as intended, but I don't see any
>> other command for getting rid of a TODO.  I can't find a command to
>> delete the current task.  Am I missing something?  Is there a keystroke
>> to delete a TODO?  Or does everyone archive everything?
>> Bill
>> --
>> William Denton
>> https://www.miskatonic.org/
>> Librarian, artist and licensed private investigator.
>> Toronto, Canada
> It's just text. Delete it. ^k^k or (for bigger items) establish a region
> and kill it (^w).
> If you would like (since you're in emacs) you can write yourself a special
> button to do it.

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