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Re: Links Lost and Export-Report
Re: Links Lost and Export-Report
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 23:13:49 +0200
many thanks to Bernt Hansen for finding the root of my problem.
Here is a recipe to unhappiness:
Start with two files a.org and b.org which are part of some files you have
created with Org-mode in mind for efficently producing high quality HTML
content. Set up Org-mode to use ids for links; do an org-store-link somewhere
in file a.org, then an insert-store-link somewhere in file b.org. Enjoy
short-lived happiness that everything works after exporting to HTML.
Then: delete ~/.emacs.d/.org-id-locations
This is a good way to simulate this common scenario: transfer your org files to
another system, by preference with a version control system so you can be sure
the files are identical on both systems and then continue working on that
computer; keep in mind: this is the default state of affairs when working in a
team! Also note that .org-id-locations uses absolute path names, so syncing
that file across different user work stations will seldom work.
Now observe that after exporting to HTML *none* of your ID based links work
that refer to locations outside the originating org file. Moreover, observe
that Org-mode certainly must have noticed something did not work and failed to
org-id-update-id-locations will not help you, unless (a) you remember to use it
(preferably before you have already put HTML files with broken links online;
this goes for your co-workers, too!), (b) files a.org and b.org happen to be
agenda files or (c) happen to be mentioned in "org-id-locations" (this I
learned from "describe function: org-id-update-id-locations"). None of the
above is likely.
Org-mode for HTML publishing is an excellent tool (for lots and lots of other
things, too, of course) and I think using globally unique ids is, in general, a
great idea. This is why I get a bit emotional about this id link business
Here are some suggestions:
- expand the use of ids, so that, in analogy to other links, the inserted link
can also contain a file name if it refers to another org fileD, maybe like
- if an id is unknown, search all files in the current publishing project,
using the same selection of org-files that will also be used for project-based
- be verbose about links that could not be resolved, warn and potentially stop
processing at that file (and while at it, also complain about unresolved macro
definitions and finish with a summary line)
- mention in the org-manual that using ids is not recommended for using links
between different files because they break so easily (this is hardly an option,
Let me emphasize that I am really generally a very happy org user and I am
quite willing to contribute (as far as I can) to a solution to what I think is
a problem with id-based links.
On 18.08.2010, at 19:15, Bernt Hansen wrote:
> Stefan Vollmar <address@hidden> writes:
>>> I think you need to look in the ~/.emacs.d/.org-id-locations file. This
>>> maps link ids to files.
>> I think it is very likely that this is part of problem - I synchronize
>> the directories containing my org-files and have, so far, done nothing
>> about "~/.emacs.d/.org-id-locations".
>> What is the best way to deal with this?
>> - Synchronize?
>> - Delete?
>> - Force re-generation?
> I think you can just regenerate the file with a call to
> M-x org-id-update-id-locations
>> I have just taken a look at that file. It seems to map one id to one
>> file. How does that help Org-mode if I rename an org-file that
>> contains an id?
> This will probably make your ids and files out of sync so they don't
> work for links in those files anymore. Regenerating the list for all of
> the files you have with id links should fix the problem.
> I use the feature but don't rename my org files so I've never run into
> this issue (if it is one).
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