Doom Emacs Configuration

Table of Contents

Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs: Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do. — Donald Knuth

1 Intro

Customising an editor can be very rewarding … until you have to leave it. For years I have been looking for ways to avoid this pain. Then I discovered vim-anywhere, and found that it had an Emacs companion, emacs-anywhere. To me, this looked most attractive.

Separately, online I have seen the following statement enough times I think it’s a catchphrase

Redditor1: I just discovered this thing, isn’t it cool. Redditor2: Oh, there’s an emacs mode for that.

I tried out the spacemacs distribution a bit, but it wasn’t quite to my liking. Then I heard about doom emacs and thought I may as well give that a try. TLDR; it’s great.

Now I’ve discovered the wonders of literate programming, and am becoming more settled by the day. This is my config, and also a cautionary tale.


1.1 Notes for the unwary adventurer

If you like the look of this, that’s marvellous, and I’m really happy that I’ve made something which you may find interesting, however:

This config is insidious. Copying the whole thing blindly can easily lead to undesired effects. I recommend copying chunks instead.

If you are so bold as to wish to steal bits of my config (or if I upgrade and wonder why things aren’t working), here’s a list of sections which rely on externally setup (i.e. outside of this config).

I rely on my distro-provided, vterm sets a compile flag. If this causes issues, just delete the (setq term-module-cmake-args ...) bit.
I’ve downloaded a custom SCOWL dictionary, which I use in ispell. If this causes issues, just delete the (setq ispell-dictionary ...) bit.
uni-units file
I’ve got a file in ~/.org/.uni-units which I use in org-capture If this causes issues, just remove the reference to that file in Capture and instances of unit-prompt used in (doct ...)

Oh, did I mention that I started this config when I didn’t know any elisp, and this whole thing is a hack job? If you can suggest any improvements, please do so, no matter how much critisism you include I’ll appreciate it :)

Code Quality

1.1.1 Extra Requirements

The lovely doom doctor is good at diagnosing most missing things, but here are a few extras.

  • The Delta binary. It’s packaged for some distributions but I installed it with

    cargo install git-delta
  • A LaTeX Compiler is required for the mathematics rendering performed in Org, and by CalcTeX.
  • I use the Overpass font as a go-to sans serif. It’s used as my doom-variable-pitch-font and in the graph generated by Roam. I have chosen it because it possesses a few characteristics I consider desirable, namely:
    • A clean, and legible style. Highway-style fonts tend to be designed to be clear at a glance, and work well with a thicker weight, and this is inspired by Highway Gothic.
    • It’s slightly quirky. Look at the diagonal cut on stems for example. Helvetica is a masterful design, but I like a bit more pizazz now and then.
  • A few LSP servers. Take a look at init.el to see which modules have the +lsp flag.
  • The cargo-script rust crate is required for evaluation of rust blocks by babel. As described in the README for ob-rust. Like delta, this can just be installed using cargo.

    cargo install cargo-script

1.2 Current Issues

1.2.1 Magit push in daemon

Quite often trying to push to a remote in the emacs daemon produces as error like this:

128 git … push -v origin refs/heads/master\:refs/heads/master
Pushing to

fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

1.2.2 CalcTeX brings up compilation buffer

With my Calc hook, the first call of M-x calc brings up a compilation buffer from CalcTeX. I’m guessing this is from the compilation of the preamble / .fmt file.

1.2.3 Unread emails doesn’t work across Emacs instances

It would be nice if it did, so that I could have the Emacs-daemon hold the active mu4e session, but still get that information. In this case I’d want to change the action to open the Emacs daemon, but it should be possible.

This would probably involve hooking into the daemon’s modeline update function to write to a temporary file, and having a file watcher started in other Emacs instances, in a similar manner to Rebuild mail index while using mu4e.

1.3 Editor comparison

Real Programmers

Over the years I have tried out (spent at least a year using as my primary editor) the following applications

  • Python IDLE
  • Komodo Edit
  • Brackets
  • VSCode
  • and now, Emacs

I have attempted to quantify aspects of my impressions of them below.

Editor Extensibility Ecosystem Ease of Use Comfort Completion Performance
IDLE 1 1 3 1 1 2
VSCode 3 3 4 3.5 4 3
Brackets 2.5 2 3 3 2.5 2
Emacs 4 4 2 4 3.5 3
Komodo Edit 2 1 3 2 2 2


2 Rudimentary configuration

Make this file run (slightly) faster with lexical binding (see this blog post for more info).

;;; config.el -*- lexical-binding: t; -*-

2.1 Personal Information

It’s useful to have some basic personal information

(setq user-full-name "TEC"
      user-mail-address "")

Apparently this is used by GPG, and all sorts of other things.

Speaking of GPG, I want to use ~/.authsource.gpg instead of the default in ~/.emacs.d. Why? Because my home directory is already cluttered, so this won’t make a difference, and I don’t want to accidently purge this file (I have done rm -rf~/.emac.d before). I also want to cache as much as possible, as my home machine is pretty safe, and my laptop is shutdown a lot.

(setq auth-sources '("~/.authinfo.gpg")
      auth-source-cache-expiry nil) ; default is 7200 (2h)

2.2 Better defaults

2.2.1 Simple settings

Browsing the web and seeing angrybacon/dotemacs and comparing with the values shown by SPC h v and selecting what I thought looks good, I’ve ended up adding the following:

 delete-by-moving-to-trash t                      ; Delete files to trash
 tab-width 4                                      ; Set width for tabs
 uniquify-buffer-name-style 'forward              ; Uniquify buffer names
 window-combination-resize t                      ; take new window space from all other windows (not just current)
 x-stretch-cursor t)                              ; Stretch cursor to the glyph width

(setq undo-limit 80000000                         ; Raise undo-limit to 80Mb
      evil-want-fine-undo t                       ; By default while in insert all changes are one big blob. Be more granular
      auto-save-default t                         ; Nobody likes to loose work, I certainly don't
      inhibit-compacting-font-caches t            ; When there are lots of glyphs, keep them in memory
      truncate-string-ellipsis "…")               ; Unicode ellispis are nicer than "...", and also save /precious/ space

(delete-selection-mode 1)                         ; Replace selection when inserting text
(display-time-mode 1)                             ; Enable time in the mode-line
(display-battery-mode 1)                          ; On laptops it's nice to know how much power you have
(global-subword-mode 1)                           ; Iterate through CamelCase words

2.2.2 Fullscreen

I also like the idea of fullscreen-ing when opened by emacs or the .desktop file.

(if (eq initial-window-system 'x)                 ; if started by emacs command or desktop file

2.2.3 Auto-customisations

By default changes made via a customisation interface are added to init.el. I prefer the idea of using a separate file for this. We just need to change a setting, and load it if it exists.

(setq-default custom-file (expand-file-name ".custom.el" doom-private-dir))
(when (file-exists-p custom-file)
  (load custom-file))

2.2.4 Windows

I find it rather handy to be asked which buffer I want to see after splitting the window. Let’s make that happen. First, we’ll enter the new window

(setq evil-vsplit-window-right t
      evil-split-window-below t)

Then, we’ll pull up ivy

(defadvice! prompt-for-buffer (&rest _)
  :after '(evil-window-split evil-window-vsplit)

Oh, and previews are nice

(setq +ivy-buffer-preview t)

2.2.5 Buffer defaults

I’d much rather have my new buffers in org-mode than fundamental-mode, hence

;; (setq-default major-mode 'org-mode)

For some reason this + the mixed pitch hook causes issues with hydra and so I’ll just need to resort to SPC b o for now.

2.3 Doom configuration

2.3.1 Visual Settings Font Face

’Fira Code’ is nice, and ’Overpass’ makes for a nice sans companion. We just need to fiddle with the font sizes a tad so that they visually match.

(setq doom-font (font-spec :family "JetBrains Mono" :size 24)
      doom-big-font (font-spec :family "JetBrains Mono" :size 36)
      doom-variable-pitch-font (font-spec :family "Overpass" :size 24)
      doom-serif-font (font-spec :family "IBM Plex Mono" :weight 'light)) Theme

doom-one is nice and all, but I find the vibrant variant nicer.

(setq doom-theme 'doom-vibrant)

However, by default red text is used in the modeline, so let’s make that orange so I don’t feel like something’s gone wrong when editing files.

  '(doom-modeline-buffer-modified :foreground "orange")) Miscellaneous

Relative line numbers are fantastic for knowing how far away line numbers are, then ESC 12 <UP> gets you exactly where you think.

(setq display-line-numbers-type 'relative)

I’d like some slightly nicer default buffer names

(setq doom-fallback-buffer-name "► Doom"
      +doom-dashboard-name "► Doom")

There’s a bug with the modeline in insert mode for org documents (issue), so

(custom-set-faces! '(doom-modeline-evil-insert-state :weight bold :foreground "#339CDB"))

2.3.2 Some helper macros

There are a few handy macros added by doom, namely

  • load! for loading external .el files relative to this one
  • use-package for configuring packages
  • add-load-path! for adding directories to the load-path where emacs looks when you load packages with require or use-package
  • map for binding new keys

To find more,

2.4 Other things

2.4.1 Editor interaction Mouse buttons
(map! :n [mouse-8] #'better-jumper-jump-backward
      :n [mouse-9] #'better-jumper-jump-forward)

2.4.2 Window title

I’d like to have just the buffer name, then if applicable the project folder

(setq frame-title-format
       (if (s-contains-p org-roam-directory (or buffer-file-name ""))
           (replace-regexp-in-string ".*/[0-9]+-" "🢔 " buffer-file-name)
       (let ((project-name (projectile-project-name)))
         (unless (string= "-" project-name)
           (format (if (buffer-modified-p)  " ◉ %s" "  ●  %s") project-name))))))

2.4.3 Splash screen

Emacs can render an image as the splash screen, and @MarioRicalde came up with a cracker! He’s also provided me with a nice emacs-style E, which is good for smaller windows. @MarioRicalde you have my sincere thanks, you’re great! Sorry, your browser does not support SVG.

By incrementally stripping away the outer layers of the logo one can obtain quite a nice resizing effect.

(defvar fancy-splash-image-template
  (expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-template.svg" doom-private-dir)
  "Default template svg used for the splash image, with substitutions from ")
(defvar fancy-splash-image-nil
  (expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/transparent-pixel.png" doom-private-dir)
  "An image to use at minimum size, usually a transparent pixel")

(setq fancy-splash-sizes
  `((:height 500 :min-height 50 :padding (0 . 4) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-0.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 440 :min-height 42 :padding (1 . 4) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-0.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 400 :min-height 38 :padding (1 . 4) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-1.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 350 :min-height 36 :padding (1 . 3) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-2.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 300 :min-height 34 :padding (1 . 3) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-3.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 250 :min-height 32 :padding (1 . 2) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-4.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 200 :min-height 30 :padding (1 . 2) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/blackhole-lines-5.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 100 :min-height 24 :padding (1 . 2) :template ,(expand-file-name "misc/splash-images/emacs-e-template.svg" doom-private-dir))
    (:height 0   :min-height 0  :padding (0 . 0) :file ,fancy-splash-image-nil)))

(defvar fancy-splash-sizes
  `((:height 500 :min-height 50 :padding (0 . 2))
    (:height 440 :min-height 42 :padding (1 . 4))
    (:height 330 :min-height 35 :padding (1 . 3))
    (:height 200 :min-height 30 :padding (1 . 2))
    (:height 0   :min-height 0  :padding (0 . 0) :file ,fancy-splash-image-nil))
  "list of plists with the following properties
  :height the height of the image
  :min-height minimum `frame-height' for image
  :padding `+doom-dashboard-banner-padding' to apply
  :template non-default template file
  :file file to use instead of template")

(defvar fancy-splash-template-colours
  '(("$colour1" . keywords) ("$colour2" . type) ("$colour3" . base5) ("$colour4" . base8))
  "list of colour-replacement alists of the form (\"$placeholder\" . 'theme-colour) which applied the template")

(unless (file-exists-p (expand-file-name "theme-splashes" doom-cache-dir))
  (make-directory (expand-file-name "theme-splashes" doom-cache-dir) t))

(defun fancy-splash-filename (theme-name height)
  (expand-file-name (concat (file-name-as-directory "theme-splashes")
                            (symbol-name doom-theme)
                            "-" (number-to-string height) ".svg")

(defun fancy-splash-clear-cache ()
  "Delete all cached fancy splash images"
  (delete-directory (expand-file-name "theme-splashes" doom-cache-dir) t)
  (message "Cache cleared!"))

(defun fancy-splash-generate-image (template height)
  "Read TEMPLATE and create an image if HEIGHT with colour substitutions as  ;described by `fancy-splash-template-colours' for the current theme"
      (insert-file-contents template)
      (re-search-forward "$height" nil t)
      (replace-match (number-to-string height) nil nil)
      (dolist (substitution fancy-splash-template-colours)
        (while (re-search-forward (car substitution) nil t)
          (replace-match (doom-color (cdr substitution)) nil nil)))
      (write-region nil nil
                    (fancy-splash-filename (symbol-name doom-theme) height) nil nil)))

(defun fancy-splash-generate-images ()
  "Perform `fancy-splash-generate-image' in bulk"
  (dolist (size fancy-splash-sizes)
    (unless (plist-get size :file)
      (fancy-splash-generate-image (or (plist-get size :file)
                                       (plist-get size :template)
                                   (plist-get size :height)))))

(defun ensure-theme-splash-images-exist (&optional height)
  (unless (file-exists-p (fancy-splash-filename
                          (symbol-name doom-theme)
                          (or height
                              (plist-get (car fancy-splash-sizes) :height))))

(defun get-appropriate-splash ()
  (let ((height (frame-height)))
    (cl-some (lambda (size) (when (>= height (plist-get size :min-height)) size))

(setq fancy-splash-last-size nil)
(setq fancy-splash-last-theme nil)
(defun set-appropriate-splash (&optional frame)
  (let ((appropriate-image (get-appropriate-splash)))
    (unless (and (equal appropriate-image fancy-splash-last-size)
                 (equal doom-theme fancy-splash-last-theme)))
    (unless (plist-get appropriate-image :file)
      (ensure-theme-splash-images-exist (plist-get appropriate-image :height)))
    (setq fancy-splash-image
          (or (plist-get appropriate-image :file)
              (fancy-splash-filename (symbol-name doom-theme) (plist-get appropriate-image :height))))
    (setq +doom-dashboard-banner-padding (plist-get appropriate-image :padding))
    (setq fancy-splash-last-size appropriate-image)
    (setq fancy-splash-last-theme doom-theme)

(add-hook 'window-size-change-functions #'set-appropriate-splash)
(add-hook 'doom-load-theme-hook #'set-appropriate-splash)

2.4.4 Systemd daemon

For running a systemd service for a Emacs server I have the following

Description=Emacs server daemon
Documentation=info:emacs man:emacs(1)

ExecStart=/usr/bin/emacs --daemon
ExecStop=/usr/bin/emacsclient --eval "(progn (setq kill-emacs-hook nil) (kill emacs))"


which is then enabled by

systemctl --user enable emacs.service

When the daemon is running, I almost always want to do a few particular things with it, so I may as well eat the load time at startup. We also want to keep mu4e running.

(defun greedily-do-daemon-setup ()
  (when (daemonp)
    (require 'org)
    (require 'mu4e)
    (setq mu4e-confirm-quit t)
    (setq mu4e-lock-greedy t)
    (setq mu4e-lock-relaxed t)
    (when (mu4e-lock-avalible t)

(add-hook 'emacs-startup-hook #'greedily-do-daemon-setup)

3 Package loading

This file shouldn’t be byte compiled.

;; -*- no-byte-compile: t; -*-

3.1 Loading instructions

This is where you install packages, by declaring them with the package! macro, then running doom refresh on the command line. You’ll need to restart Emacs for your changes to take effect! Or at least, run M-x doom/reload.

WARNING: Don’t disable core packages listed in ~/.emacs.d/core/packages.el. Doom requires these, and disabling them may have terrible side effects.

3.1.1 Packages in MELPA/ELPA/emacsmirror

To install some-package from MELPA, ELPA or emacsmirror:

(package! some-package)

3.1.2 Packages from git repositories

To install a package directly from a particular repo, you’ll need to specify a :recipe. You’ll find documentation on what :recipe accepts here:

(package! another-package
  :recipe (:host github :repo "username/repo"))

If the package you are trying to install does not contain a PACKAGENAME.el file, or is located in a subdirectory of the repo, you’ll need to specify :files in the :recipe:

(package! this-package
  :recipe (:host github :repo "username/repo"
           :files ("some-file.el" "src/lisp/*.el")))

3.1.3 Disabling built-in packages

If you’d like to disable a package included with Doom, for whatever reason, you can do so here with the :disable property:

(package! builtin-package :disable t)

You can override the recipe of a built in package without having to specify all the properties for :recipe. These will inherit the rest of its recipe from Doom or MELPA/ELPA/Emacsmirror:

(package! builtin-package :recipe (:nonrecursive t))
(package! builtin-package-2 :recipe (:repo "myfork/package"))

Specify a :branch to install a package from a particular branch or tag. This is required for some packages whose default branch isn’t ’master’ (which our package manager can’t deal with; see raxod502/straight.el#279)

(package! builtin-package :recipe (:branch "develop"))

3.2 General packages

3.2.1 Prettification

prettify-mode is nice and all, but adding substitutions is a little verbose. This helps with that.

(package! prettify-utils ; simplify messing with prettify-mode
  :recipe (:host github :repo "Ilazki/prettify-utils.el") :pin "8b783d316c...")

3.2.2 Window management

(package! rotate :pin "091b5ac4fc...")

3.2.3 Fun

Sometimes one just wants a little fun. XKCD comics are fun.

(package! xkcd :pin "66e928706f...")

Every so often, you want everyone else to know that you’re typing, or just to amuse oneself. Introducing: typewriter sounds!

(package! selectric-mode :pin "bb9e66678f...")

Hey, let’s get the weather in here while we’re at it. Unfortunately this seems slightly unmaintained (few open bugfix PRs) so let’s roll our own version.

(package! wttrin :recipe (:local-repo "lisp" :no-byte-compile t))

Why not flash words on the screen. Why not — hey, it could be fun.

(package! spray :pin "00638bc916...")

With all our fancy Emacs themes, my terminal is missing out!

(package! theme-magic :pin "844c4311bd...")

What’s even the point of using Emacs unless you’re constantly telling everyone about it?

(package! elcord :pin "94b0afb9ba...")

3.2.4 Improving features Flyspell-lazy

To alleviate some issues with flyspell

(package! flyspell-lazy :pin "3ebf68cc9e...") CalcTeX

This is a nice extension to calc

(package! calctex :recipe (:host github :repo "johnbcoughlin/calctex"
                                 :files ("*.el")) :pin "542b628eb4...") ESS

View data frames better with

(package! ess-view :pin "d4e5a340b7...") Magit Delta

Delta is a git diff syntax highlighter written in rust. The author also wrote a package to hook this into the magit diff view. This requires the delta binary.

;; (package! magit-delta :recipe (:host github :repo "dandavison/magit-delta") :pin "0c7d8b2359") Info colours

This makes manual pages nicer to look at :) Variable pitch fontification + colouring

(package! info-colors :pin "47ee73cc19...")

3.2.5 Email

It’s nice to send out fancy HTML emails. The org-msg package allows to write emails in org mode, and send as an HTML multipart email. We can setup some CSS to be inlined, render LaTeX fragments, and all those goodies!

(package! org-msg)

To actually get notifications, we can use mu4e-alert.

(package! mu4e-alert)

3.3 Language packages

3.3.1 LaTeX

(package! evil-tex :recipe (:host github :repo "itai33/evil-tex")
                            :pin "14da2c4c1d...")

3.3.2 Org Mode Improve agenda/capture

The agenda is nice, but a souped up version is nicer.

(package! org-super-agenda :pin "dd0d104c26...")

Similarly doct (Declarative Org Capture Templates) seems to be a nicer way to set up org-capture.

(package! doct
  :recipe (:host github :repo "progfolio/doct")
  :pin "1bcec209e1...") Visuals

Org tables aren’t the prettiest thing to look at. This package is supposed to redraw them in the buffer with box-drawing characters. Sounds like an improvement to me! Just need to get it working…

(package! org-pretty-table-mode
  :recipe (:host github :repo "Fuco1/org-pretty-table") :pin "88380f865a...")

For automatically toggling LaTeX fragment previews there’s this nice package

(package! org-fragtog :pin "8eca8084cc...")

org-superstar-mode is great. While we’re at it we may as well make tags prettier as well :)

(package! org-pretty-tags :pin "40fd72f3e7...") Extra functionality

Because of the lovely variety in markdown implementations there isn’t actually such a thing a standard table spec … or standard anything really. Because org-md is a goody-two-shoes, it just uses HTML for all these non-standardised elements (a lot of them). So ox-gfm is handy for exporting markdown with all the features that GitHub has. Initialised in

(package! ox-gfm :pin "99f93011b0...")

Now and then citations need to happen

(package! org-ref :pin "4ce8064437...")

Came across this and … it’s cool

(package! org-graph-view :recipe (:host github :repo "alphapapa/org-graph-view") :pin "13314338d7...")

I need this in my life. It take a URL to a recipe from a common site, and inserts an org-ified version at point. Isn’t that just great.

(package! org-chef :pin "1dd73fd3db...")

I have my own modified version of org-plot, so let’s use that

(package! org-plot :recipe (:local-repo "lisp" :no-byte-compile t))

3.3.3 Systemd

For editing systemd unit files

(package! systemd :pin "51c148e09a...")

4 Package configuration

4.1 Abbrev mode

Thanks to use a single abbrev-table for multiple modes? - Emacs Stack Exchange I have the following.

(use-package abbrev
  (setq-default abbrev-mode t)
  ;; a hook funtion that sets the abbrev-table to org-mode-abbrev-table
  ;; whenever the major mode is a text mode
  (defun tec/set-text-mode-abbrev-table ()
    (if (derived-mode-p 'text-mode)
        (setq local-abbrev-table org-mode-abbrev-table)))
  :commands abbrev-mode
  (abbrev-mode . tec/set-text-mode-abbrev-table)
  (setq abbrev-file-name (expand-file-name "abbrev.el" doom-private-dir))
  (setq save-abbrevs 'silently))

4.2 Calc

Radians are just better

(setq calc-angle-mode 'rad  ;; radians are rad
      calc-algebraic-mode t ;; allows '2*x instead of 'x<RET>2*
      calc-symbolic-mode t) ;; keeps stuff like √2 irrational for as long as possible
(after! calctex
  (setq calctex-format-latex-header (concat calctex-format-latex-header
(add-hook 'calc-mode-hook #'calctex-mode)

4.3 Centaur Tabs

We want to make the tabs a nice, comfy size (36), with icons. The modifier marker is nice, but the particular default Unicode one causes a lag spike, so let’s just switch to an o, which still looks decent but doesn’t cause any issues. A ’active-bar’ is nice, so let’s have one of those. If we have it under needs us to turn on x-underline-at-decent though. For some reason this didn’t seem to work inside the (after! ... ) block ¯\(ツ)_/¯. Then let’s change the font to a sans serif, but the default one doesn’t fit too well somehow, so let’s switch to ’P22 Underground Book’; it looks much nicer.

(after! centaur-tabs
  (centaur-tabs-mode -1)
  (setq centaur-tabs-height 36
        centaur-tabs-set-icons t
        centaur-tabs-modified-marker "o"
        centaur-tabs-close-button "×"
        centaur-tabs-set-bar 'above)
        centaur-tabs-gray-out-icons 'buffer
  (centaur-tabs-change-fonts "P22 Underground Book" 160))
;; (setq x-underline-at-descent-line t)

4.4 Company

It’s nice to have completions almost all the time, in my opinion. Key strokes are just waiting to be saved!

(after! company
  (setq company-idle-delay 0.5
        company-minimum-prefix-length 2)
  (setq company-show-numbers t)
(add-hook 'evil-normal-state-entry-hook #'company-abort)) ;; make aborting less annoying.

Now, the improvements from precident are mostly from remembering history, so let’s improve that memory.

(setq-default history-length 1000)
(setq-default prescient-history-length 1000)

4.4.1 Plain Text

ispell is nice, let’s have it in text, markdown, and GFM.

(set-company-backend! '(text-mode
  '(:seperate company-ispell

We then configure the dictionary we’re using in ispell.

4.4.2 ESS

company-dabbrev-code is nice. Let’s have it.

(set-company-backend! 'ess-r-mode '(company-R-args company-R-objects company-dabbrev-code :separate))

4.5 Elcord

(setq elcord-use-major-mode-as-main-icon t)

4.6 Emacs Anywhere configuration

It’s nice to recognise GitHub (so we can use GFM), and other apps which we know take markdown

(defun markdown-window-p (window-title)
  "Judges from WINDOW-TITLE whether the current window likes markdown"
  (if (string-match-p (rx (or "Stack Exchange" "Stack Overflow"
                          "Pull Request" "Issue" "Discord"))
                  window-title) t nil))

When the window opens, we generally want text so let’s use a nice sans serif font, a position the window below and to the left. Oh, and don’t forget about checking for GFM, otherwise let’s just use markdown.

(defvar emacs-anywhere--active-markdown nil
  "Whether the buffer started off as markdown.
Affects behaviour of `emacs-anywhere--finalise-content'")

(defun emacs-anywhere--finalise-content (&optional _frame)
  (when emacs-anywhere--active-markdown
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (insert "#+OPTIONS: toc:nil\n")
    (rename-buffer "*EA Pre Export*")
    (org-export-to-buffer 'gfm ea--buffer-name)
    (kill-buffer "*EA Pre Export*"))
  (gui-select-text (buffer-string)))

(define-minor-mode emacs-anywhere-mode
  "To tweak the current buffer for some emacs-anywhere considerations"
  :init-value nil
  :keymap (list
           ;; Finish edit, but be smart in org mode
           (cons (kbd "C-c C-c") (lambda! (if (and (eq major-mode 'org-mode)
           ;; Abort edit. emacs-anywhere saves the current edit for next time.
           (cons (kbd "C-c C-k") (lambda! (setq ea-on nil)
  (when emacs-anywhere-mode
    ;; line breaking
    (visual-line-mode t)
    ;; DEL/C-SPC to clear (first keystroke only)
    (set-transient-map (let ((keymap (make-sparse-keymap)))
                         (define-key keymap (kbd "DEL")   (lambda! (delete-region (point-min) (point-max))))
                         (define-key keymap (kbd "C-SPC") (lambda! (delete-region (point-min) (point-max))))
    ;; disable tabs
    (when (bound-and-true-p centaur-tabs-mode)
      (centaur-tabs-local-mode t))))

(defun ea-popup-handler (app-name window-title x y w h)
  (set-frame-size (selected-frame) 80 12)
  ;; position the frame near the mouse
  (let* ((mousepos (split-string (shell-command-to-string "xdotool getmouselocation | sed -E \"s/ screen:0 window:[^ ]*|x:|y://g\"")))
         (mouse-x (- (string-to-number (nth 0 mousepos)) 100))
         (mouse-y (- (string-to-number (nth 1 mousepos)) 50)))
    (set-frame-position (selected-frame) mouse-x mouse-y))

  (set-frame-name (concat "Quick Edit ∷ " ea-app-name " — "
                            (string-trim-right window-title
                                               (format "-[A-Za-z0-9 ]*%s" ea-app-name))
                            "[\s-]+" "[\s-]+")
                           45 nil nil "…")))
  (message "window-title: %s" window-title)

  (when-let ((selection (gui-get-selection 'PRIMARY)))
    (insert selection))

  (setq emacs-anywhere--active-markdown (markdown-window-p window-title))

  ;; convert buffer to org mode if markdown
  (when emacs-anywhere--active-markdown
    (shell-command-on-region (point-min) (point-max)
                             "pandoc -f markdown -t org" nil t)
    (deactivate-mark) (goto-char (point-max)))

  ;; set major mode

  (advice-add 'ea--delete-frame-handler :before #'emacs-anywhere--finalise-content)

  ;; I'll be honest with myself, I /need/ spellcheck

  (evil-insert-state) ; start in insert
  (emacs-anywhere-mode 1))

(add-hook 'ea-popup-hook 'ea-popup-handler)

4.7 Eros-eval

This makes the result of evals with gr and gR just slightly prettier. Every bit counts right?

(setq eros-eval-result-prefix "⟹ ")

4.8 EVIL

I don’t use evil-escape-mode, so I may as well turn it off, I’ve heard it contributes a typing delay. I’m not sure it’s much, but it is an extra pre-command-hook that I don’t benefit from, so…

(after! evil (evil-escape-mode nil))

4.9 Flyspell

At one point, typing became noticeably laggy, Profiling revealed flyspell-post-command-hook was responsible for 47% of CPU cycles by itself! So I’m going to make use of flyspell-lazy

(after! flyspell (require 'flyspell-lazy) (flyspell-lazy-mode 1))

4.10 Info colors

(use-package! info-colors
  :commands (info-colors-fontify-node))

(add-hook 'Info-selection-hook 'info-colors-fontify-node)

(add-hook 'Info-mode-hook #'mixed-pitch-mode)

4.11 Ispell

Let’s get a nice big dictionary from SCOWL Custom List/Dictionary Creator with the following configuration

80 (huge)
British(-ise) and Australian
spelling variants level
extra lists
hacker, roman numerals
(setq ispell-dictionary "en_GBs_au_SCOWL_80_0_k_hr")

Oh, and by the way, if company-ispell-dictionary is nil, then ispell-complete-word-dict is used instead, which once again when nil is ispell-alternate-dictionary, which at the moment maps to a plaintext version of the above.

It seems reasonable to want to keep an eye on my personal dict, let’s have it nearby (also means that if I change the ’main’ dictionary I keep my addition).

(setq ispell-personal-dictionary (expand-file-name ".hunspell_personal" doom-private-dir))

4.12 Magit

Magit is pretty nice by default. The diffs don’t get any syntax-highlighting-love though which is a bit sad. Thankfully dandavison/magit-delta exists, which we can put to use.

;; (after! magit
;;   (magit-delta-mode +1))

Unfortunately this seems to mess things up, which is something I’ll want to look into later.

4.13 Mail


4.13.1 Fetching

The contenders for this seem to be:

From perusing r/emacs the prevailing opinion seems to be that

  • isync is faster
  • isync works more reliably

So let’s use that.

The config was straightforward, and is located at ~/.mbsyncrc. I’m currently successfully connecting to: Gmail, office365mail, and dovecot. I’m also shoving passwords in my authinfo.gpg and fetching them using PassCmd:

gpg2 -q --for-your-eyes-only --no-tty -d ~/.authinfo.gpg | awk '/machine IMAP_SERCER login EMAIL_ADDR/ {print $NF}'

We can run mbsync -a in a systemd service file or something, but we can do better than that. vsemyonoff/easymail seems like the sort of thing we want, but is written for notmuch unfortunately. We can still use it for inspiration though. Using goimapnotify we should be able to sync just after new mail. Unfortunately this means yet another config file :(

We install with

go get -u
ln -s ~/go/bin/goimapnotify ~/.local/bin/

Here’s the general plan:

  1. Use goimapnotify to monitor mailboxes This needs it’s own set of configs, and systemd services, which is a pain. We remove this pain by writing a python script (found below) to setup these config files, and systemd services by parsing the ~/.mbsyncrc file.
  2. On new mail, call mbsync --pull --new ACCOUNT:BOX We try to be as specific as possible, so mbsync returns as soon as possible, and we can get those emails as soon as possible.
  3. Try to call mu index --lazy-fetch. This fails if mu4e is already open (due to a write lock on the database), so in that case we just touch a tmp file (/tmp/mu_reindex_now).
  4. Separately, we set up Emacs to check for the existance of /tmp/mu_reindex_now once a second while mu4e is running, and (after deleting the file) call mu4e-update-index.

Let’s start off by handling the elisp side of things Rebuild mail index while using mu4e
(after! mu4e
  (defvar mu4e-reindex-request-file "/tmp/mu_reindex_now"
    "Location of the reindex request, signaled by existance")
  (defvar mu4e-reindex-request-min-seperation 5.0
    "Don't refresh again until this many second have elapsed.
Prevents a series of redisplays from being called (when set to an appropriate value)")

  (defvar mu4e-reindex-request--file-watcher nil)
  (defvar mu4e-reindex-request--file-just-deleted nil)
  (defvar mu4e-reindex-request--last-time 0)

  (defun mu4e-reindex-request--add-watcher ()
    (setq mu4e-reindex-request--file-just-deleted nil)
    (setq mu4e-reindex-request--file-watcher
          (file-notify-add-watch mu4e-reindex-request-file

  (defadvice! mu4e-stop-watching-for-reindex-request ()
    :after #'mu4e~proc-kill
    (if mu4e-reindex-request--file-watcher
        (file-notify-rm-watch mu4e-reindex-request--file-watcher)))

  (defadvice! mu4e-watch-for-reindex-request ()
    :after #'mu4e~proc-start
    (when (file-exists-p mu4e-reindex-request-file)
      (delete-file mu4e-reindex-request-file))

    (defun mu4e-file-reindex-request (event)
      "Act based on the existance of `mu4e-reindex-request-file'"
      (if mu4e-reindex-request--file-just-deleted
        (when (equal (nth 1 event) 'created)
          (delete-file mu4e-reindex-request-file)
          (setq mu4e-reindex-request--file-just-deleted t)
          (mu4e-reindex-maybe t))))

    (defun mu4e-reindex-maybe (&optional new-request)
      "Run `mu4e~proc-index' if it's been more than `mu4e-reindex-request-min-seperation' seconds since the last request,"
      (let ((time-since-last-request (- (float-time) mu4e-reindex-request--last-time)))
        (when new-request
          (setq mu4e-reindex-request--last-time (float-time)))
        (if (> time-since-last-request mu4e-reindex-request-min-seperation)
            (mu4e~proc-index nil t)
          (when new-request
            (run-at-time (* 1.1 mu4e-reindex-request-min-seperation) nil
                         #'mu4e-reindex-maybe)))))) Config transcoding & service management

As long as the mbsyncrc file exists, this is as easy as running


When run without flags this will perform the following actions

  • Read, and parse ~/.mbsyncrc, specifically recognising the following properties
    • IMAPAccount
    • Host
    • Port
    • User
    • Password
    • PassCmd
    • Patterns
  • Call mbsync --list ACCOUNT, and filter results according to Patterns
  • Construct a imapnotify config for each account, with the following hooks
    mbsync --pull ACCOUNT:MAILBOX
    if mu index --lazy-check; then test -f /tmp/mu_reindex_now && rm /tmp/mu_reindex_now; else touch /tmp/mu_reindex_now; fi
  • Compare accounts list to previous accounts, enable/disable the relevant systemd services, called with the --now flag (start/stop services as well)

This script also supports the following flags

  • --status to get the status of the relevant systemd services supports active, failing, and disabled
  • --enable to enable all relevant systemd services
  • --disable to disable all relevant systemd services
from pathlib import Path
import json
import re
import shutil
import subprocess
import sys
import fnmatch

mbsyncFile = Path("~/.mbsyncrc").expanduser()

imapnotifyConfigFolder = Path("~/.imapnotify/").expanduser()
imapnotifyConfigFilename = "notify.conf"

imapnotifyDefault = {
    "host": "",
    "port": 993,
    "tls": True,
    "tlsOptions": {"rejectUnauthorized": True},
    "onNewMail": "",
    "onNewMailPost": "if mu index --lazy-check; then test -f /tmp/mu_reindex_now && rm /tmp/mu_reindex_now; else touch /tmp/mu_reindex_now; fi",

def stripQuotes(string):
    if string[0] == '"' and string[-1] == '"':
        return string[1:-1].replace('\\"', '"')

mbsyncInotifyMapping = {
    "Host": (str, "host"),
    "Port": (int, "port"),
    "User": (str, "username"),
    "Password": (str, "password"),
    "PassCmd": (stripQuotes, "passwordCmd"),
    "Patterns": (str, "_patterns"),

oldAccounts = [ for d in imapnotifyConfigFolder.iterdir() if d.is_dir()]

currentAccount = ""
currentAccountData = {}

successfulAdditions = []

def processLine(line):
    newAcc = re.match(r"^IMAPAccount ([^#]+)", line)

    linecontent = re.sub(r"(^|[^\\])#.*", "", line).split(" ", 1)
    if len(linecontent) != 2:

    parameter, value = linecontent

    if parameter == "IMAPAccount":
        if currentAccountNumber > 0:
    elif parameter in mbsyncInotifyMapping.keys():
        parser, key = mbsyncInotifyMapping[parameter]
        currentAccountData[key] = parser(value)
    elif parameter == "Channel":
        currentAccountData["onNewMail"] = f"mbsync --pull --new {value}:'%s'"

def newAccount(name):
    global currentAccountNumber
    global currentAccount
    global currentAccountData
    currentAccountNumber += 1
    currentAccount = name
    currentAccountData = {}
    print(f"\n\033[1;32m{currentAccountNumber}\033[0;32m - {name}\033[0;37m")

def accountToFoldername(name):
    return re.sub(r"[^A-Za-z0-9]", "", name)

def finaliseAccount():
    if currentAccountNumber == 0:

    global currentAccountData
        currentAccountData["boxes"] = getMailBoxes(currentAccount)
    except subprocess.CalledProcessError as e:
            f"\033[1;31mError:\033[0;31m failed to fetch mailboxes (skipping): "
            + f"`{' '.join(e.cmd)}' returned code {e.returncode}\033[0;37m"
    except subprocess.TimeoutExpired as e:
            f"\033[1;31mError:\033[0;31m failed to fetch mailboxes (skipping): "
            + f"`{' '.join(e.cmd)}' timed out after {e.timeout} seconds\033[0;37m"

    if "_patterns" in currentAccountData:
        currentAccountData["boxes"] = applyPatternFilter(
            currentAccountData["_patterns"], currentAccountData["boxes"]

    # strip not-to-be-exported data
    currentAccountData = {
        k: currentAccountData[k] for k in currentAccountData if k[0] != "_"

    parametersSet = currentAccountData.keys()
    currentAccountData = {**imapnotifyDefault, **currentAccountData}
    for key, val in currentAccountData.items():
        valColor = "\033[0;33m" if key in parametersSet else "\033[0;37m"
        print(f"  \033[1;37m{key:<13} {valColor}{val}\033[0;37m")

    if (
        len(currentAccountData["boxes"]) > 15
        and "" in currentAccountData["username"]
            "  \033[1;31mWarning:\033[0;31m Gmail raises an error when more than"
            + "\033[1;31m15\033[0;31m simultanious connections are attempted."
            + "\n           You are attempting to monitor "
            + f"\033[1;31m{len(currentAccountData['boxes'])}\033[0;31m mailboxes.\033[0;37m"

    configFile = (
        / accountToFoldername(currentAccount)
        / imapnotifyConfigFilename

    json.dump(currentAccountData, open(configFile, "w"), indent=2)
    print(f" \033[0;35mConfig generated and saved to {configFile}\033[0;37m")

    global successfulAdditions

def getMailBoxes(account):
    boxes =
        ["mbsync", "--list", account], check=True, stdout=subprocess.PIPE, timeout=10.0
    return boxes.stdout.decode("utf-8").strip().split("\n")

def applyPatternFilter(pattern, mailboxes):
    patternRegexs = getPatternRegexes(pattern)
    return [m for m in mailboxes if testPatternRegexs(patternRegexs, m)]

def getPatternRegexes(pattern):
    def addGlob(b):
        blobs.append(b.replace('\\"', '"'))
        return ""

    blobs = []
    pattern = re.sub(r' ?"([^"]+)"', lambda m: addGlob(m.groups()[0]), pattern)
    blobs.extend(pattern.split(" "))
    blobs = [
        (-1, fnmatch.translate(b[1::])) if b[0] == "!" else (1, fnmatch.translate(b))
        for b in blobs
    return blobs

def testPatternRegexs(regexCond, case):
    for factor, regex in regexCond:
        if factor * bool(re.match(regex, case)) < 0:
            return False
    return True

def processSystemdServices():
    keptAccounts = [acc for acc in successfulAdditions if acc in oldAccounts]
    freshAccounts = [acc for acc in successfulAdditions if acc not in oldAccounts]
    staleAccounts = [acc for acc in oldAccounts if acc not in successfulAdditions]

    if keptAccounts:
        print(f"\033[1;34m{len(keptAccounts)}\033[0;34m kept accounts:\033[0;37m")

    if freshAccounts:
        print(f"\033[1;32m{len(freshAccounts)}\033[0;32m new accounts:\033[0;37m")
        print(f"\033[0;32mNo new accounts.\033[0;37m")

    notActuallyEnabledAccounts = [
        acc for acc in successfulAdditions if not getAccountServiceState(acc)["enabled"]
    if notActuallyEnabledAccounts:
            f"\033[1;32m{len(notActuallyEnabledAccounts)}\033[0;32m accounts need re-enabling:\033[0;37m"

    if staleAccounts:
        print(f"\033[1;33m{len(staleAccounts)}\033[0;33m removed accounts:\033[0;37m")
        print(f"\033[0;33mNo removed accounts.\033[0;37m")

def enableAccountSystemdServices(accounts):
    for account in accounts:
        print(f" \033[0;32m - \033[1;37m{account:<18}", end="\033[0;37m", flush=True)
        if setSystemdServiceState(
            "enable", f"goimapnotify@{accountToFoldername(account)}.service"
            print("\033[1;32m enabled")

def disableAccountSystemdServices(accounts):
    for account in accounts:
        print(f" \033[0;33m - \033[1;37m{account:<18}", end="\033[0;37m", flush=True)
        if setSystemdServiceState(
            "disable", f"goimapnotify@{accountToFoldername(account)}.service"
            print("\033[1;33m disabled")

def restartAccountSystemdServices(accounts):
    for account in accounts:
        print(f" \033[0;34m - \033[1;37m{account:<18}", end="\033[0;37m", flush=True)
        if setSystemdServiceState(
            "restart", f"goimapnotify@{accountToFoldername(account)}.service"
            print("\033[1;34m restarted")

def setSystemdServiceState(state, service):
        enabler =
            ["systemctl", "--user", state, service, "--now"],
        return True
    except subprocess.CalledProcessError as e:
            f" \033[1;31mfailed\033[0;31m to {state}, `{' '.join(e.cmd)}'"
            + f"returned code {e.returncode}\033[0;37m"
    except subprocess.TimeoutExpired as e:
        print(f" \033[1;31mtimed out after {e.timeout} seconds\033[0;37m")
        return False

def getAccountServiceState(account):
    return {
        state: bool(
        for state in ("enabled", "active", "failing")

def getAccountServiceStates(accounts):
    for account in accounts:
        enabled, active, failing = getAccountServiceState(account).values()
        print(f"  - \033[1;37m{account:<18}\033[0;37m ", end="", flush=True)
        if not enabled:
        elif active:
        elif failing:
            print("\033[1;35min an unrecognised state\033[0;37m")

if len(sys.argv) > 1:
    if sys.argv[1] == "--enable":
    elif sys.argv[1] == "--disable":
    elif sys.argv[1] == "--status":
        print(f"\033[0;31mFlag {sys.argv[1]} not recognised\033[0;37m")

mbsyncData = open(mbsyncFile, "r").read()

currentAccountNumber = 0

totalAccounts = len(re.findall(r"^IMAPAccount", mbsyncData, re.M))

def main():
    print("\033[1;34m:: MbSync to Go IMAP notify config file creator ::\033[0;37m")

    print("\033[1;30mImap Notify config dir purged\033[0;37m")

    print(f"Identified \033[1;32m{totalAccounts}\033[0;32m accounts.\033[0;37m")

    for line in mbsyncData.split("\n"):


        f"\nConfig files generated for \033[1;36m{len(successfulAdditions)}\033[0;36m"
        + f" out of \033[1;36m{totalAccounts}\033[0;37m accounts.\n"


if __name__ == "__main__":
    main() Systemd

We then have a service file to run goimapnotify on all of these generated config files. We’ll use a template service file so we can enable a unit per-account.

Description=IMAP notifier using IDLE, golang version.

ExecStart=%h/go/bin/goimapnotify -conf %h/.imapnotify/%I/notify.conf


Enabling the service is actually taken care of by that python script.

From one or two small tests, this can bring the delay down to as low as five seconds, which I’m quite happy with.

This works well for fetching new mail, but we also want to propagate other changes (e.g. marking mail as read), and make sure we’re up to date at the start, so for that I’ll do the ’normal’ thing and run mbsync -all every so often — let’s say five minutes.

We can accomplish this via a systemd timer, and service file.

Description=call mbsync on all accounts every 5 minutes


Description=mbsync service, sync all mail

ExecStart=/usr/bin/mbsync -c %h/.mbsyncrc --all


Enabling (and starting) this is as simple as

systemctl --user enable mbsync.timer --now

4.13.2 Indexing/Searching

This is performed by Mu. This is a tool for finding emails stored in the Maildir format. According to the homepage, it’s main features are

  • Fast indexing
  • Good searching
  • Support for encrypted and signed messages
  • Rich CLI tooling
  • accent/case normalisation
  • strong integration with email clients

Unfortunately mu is not currently packaged from me. Oh well, I guess I’m building it from source then. I needed to install these packages

  • gmime-devel
  • xapian-core-devel
cd ~/.local/lib/
git clone
cd ./mu
sudo make install

To check how my version compares to the latest published:

curl --silent "" | grep '"tag_name":' | sed -E 's/.*"([^"]+)".*/\1/'
mu --version | head -n 1 | sed 's/.* version //'

4.13.3 Sending

SmtpMail seems to be the ’default’ starting point, but that’s not packaged for me. msmtp is however, so I’ll give that a shot. Reading around a bit (googling “msmtp vs sendmail” for example) almost every comparison mentioned seems to suggest msmtp to be a better choice. I have seen the following points raised

  • sendmail has several vulnerabilities
  • sendmail is tedious to configure
  • ssmtp is no longer maintained
  • msmtp is a maintained alternative to ssmtp
  • msmtp is easier to configure

The config file is ~/.msmtprc System hackery

Unfortunately, I seem to have run into a bug present in my packaged version, so we’ll just install the latest from source.

For full use of the auth options, I need GNU SASL, which isn’t packaged for me. I don’t think I want it, but in case I do, I’ll need to do this.

export GSASL_VERSION=1.8.1
cd ~/.local/lib/
curl "$GSASL_VERSION.tar.gz" | tar xz
curl "$GSASL_VERSION.tar.gz" | tar xz
cd "./libgsasl-$GSASL_VERSION"
sudo make install
cd ..
cd "./gsasl-$VERSION"
sudo make install
cd ..

Now actually compile msmtp.

cd ~/.local/lib/
git clone ./msmtp
cd ./msmtp
libtoolize --force
automake --force-missing --add-missing
# if using GSASL
# PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig ./configure --with-libgsasl
sudo make install

If using GSASL (from earlier) we need to make ensure that the dynamic library in in the library path. We can do by adding an executable with the same name earlier on in my $PATH.

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib exec /usr/local/bin/msmtp "$@"

4.13.4 Mu4e

Webmail clients are nice and all, but I still don’t believe that SPAs in my browser can replaced desktop apps … sorry Gmail. I’m also liking google less and less.

Mailspring is a decent desktop client, quite lightweight for electron (apparently the backend is in C, which probably helps), however I miss Emacs stuff.

While Notmuch seems very promising, and I’ve heard good things about it, it doesn’t seem to make any changes to the emails themselves. All data is stored in Notmuch’s database. While this is a very interesting model, occasionally I need to pull up an email on say my phone, and so not I want the tagging/folders etc. to be applied to the mail itself — not stored in a database.

On the other hand Mu4e is also talked about a lot in positive terms, and seems to possess a similarly strong feature set — and modifies the mail itself (I.e. information is accessible without the database). Mu4e also seems to have a large user base, which tends to correlate with better support and attention.

As I installed mu4e from source, I need to add the /usr/local/ loadpath so Mu4e has a chance of loading

(add-to-list 'load-path "/usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp/mu4e") Viewing Mail

There seem to be some advantages with using Gnus’ article view (such as inline images), and judging from djcb/mu!1442 (comment) this seems to be the ’way of the future’ for mu4e.

(setq mu4e-view-use-gnus t)

There are some all-the-icons font related issues, so we need to redefine the fancy chars, and make sure they get the correct width.

(after! mu4e
  (defun my-string-width (str)
    "Return the width in pixels of a string in the current
window's default font. If the font is mono-spaced, this
will also be the width of all other printable characters."
    (let ((window (selected-window))
          (remapping face-remapping-alist))
        (make-local-variable 'face-remapping-alist)
        (setq face-remapping-alist remapping)
        (set-window-buffer window (current-buffer))
        (insert str)
        (car (window-text-pixel-size)))))

  (cl-defun mu4e~normalised-icon (name &key set colour height v-adjust)
    "Convert :icon declaration to icon"
    (let* ((icon-set (intern (concat "all-the-icons-" (or set "faicon"))))
           (v-adjust (or v-adjust 0.02))
           (height (or height 0.8))
           (icon (if colour
                     (apply icon-set `(,name :face ,(intern (concat "all-the-icons-" colour)) :height ,height :v-adjust ,v-adjust))
                   (apply icon-set `(,name  :height ,height :v-adjust ,v-adjust))))
           (icon-width (my-string-width icon))
           (space-width (my-string-width " "))
           (space-factor (- 2 (/ (float icon-width) space-width))))
      (concat (propertize " " 'display `(space . (:width ,space-factor))) icon)

  (setq mu4e-use-fancy-chars t
        mu4e-headers-draft-mark      (cons "D" (mu4e~normalised-icon "pencil"))
        mu4e-headers-flagged-mark    (cons "F" (mu4e~normalised-icon "flag"))
        mu4e-headers-new-mark        (cons "N" (mu4e~normalised-icon "sync" :set "material" :height 0.8 :v-adjust -0.10))
        mu4e-headers-passed-mark     (cons "P" (mu4e~normalised-icon "arrow-right"))
        mu4e-headers-replied-mark    (cons "R" (mu4e~normalised-icon "arrow-right"))
        mu4e-headers-seen-mark       (cons "S" "") ;(mu4e~normalised-icon "eye" :height 0.6 :v-adjust 0.07 :colour "dsilver"))
        mu4e-headers-trashed-mark    (cons "T" (mu4e~normalised-icon "trash"))
        mu4e-headers-attach-mark     (cons "a" (mu4e~normalised-icon "file-text-o" :colour "silver"))
        mu4e-headers-encrypted-mark  (cons "x" (mu4e~normalised-icon "lock"))
        mu4e-headers-signed-mark     (cons "s" (mu4e~normalised-icon "certificate" :height 0.7 :colour "dpurple"))
        mu4e-headers-unread-mark     (cons "u" (mu4e~normalised-icon "eye-slash" :v-adjust 0.05))))

To account for the increase width of each flag charachter, and make perform a few more visual tweaks, we’ll tweak the headers a bit.

(after! mu4e
  (setq mu4e-headers-fields
        '((:account . 12)
          (:human-date . 8)
          (:flags . 6)
          (:from . 25)
          (:recipnum . 2)
  (plist-put (cdr (assoc :flags mu4e-header-info)) :shortname " Flags") ; default=Flgs
  (setq mu4e-header-info-custom
        '((:account .
           (:name "Account" :shortname "Account" :help "Which account this email belongs to" :function
            (lambda (msg)
              (let ((maildir
                     (mu4e-message-field msg :maildir)))
                (replace-regexp-in-string "^gmail" (propertize "g" 'face 'bold-italic)
                                          (format "%s"
                                                  (substring maildir 1
                                                             (string-match-p "/" maildir 1))))))))
          (:recipnum .
           (:name "Number of recipients"
            :shortname " ⭷"
            :help "Number of recipients for this message"
            (lambda (msg)
              (propertize (format "%2d"
                                  (+ (length (mu4e-message-field msg :to))
                                     (length (mu4e-message-field msg :cc))))
                          'face 'mu4e-footer-face)))))))

Due to evil, none of the marking commands work when making a visual selection in the headers view of mu4e. Without overriding any evil commands we may actually want to use in and evil selection, this can be easily fixed.

(map! :map mu4e-headers-mode-map
    :after mu4e
    :v "*" #'mu4e-headers-mark-for-something
    :v "!" #'mu4e-headers-mark-for-read
    :v "?" #'mu4e-headers-mark-for-unread
    :v "u" #'mu4e-headers-mark-for-unmark)

The main mu4e window is … alright. I’m not afraid of unicode though, so I’ll define a fancier version. Look, it’s the asterisks. We can do better than asterisks. The keybindings can also be made nicer, why have [x] when we can just have a bold, coloured x. Does the same job, while looking much less garish. We don’t put this in an (after! ...) block as evil-collection-mu4e calls mu4e~main-action-str in Doom’s mu4e (usepackage! ...).

(defadvice! mu4e~main-action-prettier-str (str &optional func-or-shortcut)
  "Highlight the first occurrence of [.] in STR.
If FUNC-OR-SHORTCUT is non-nil and if it is a function, call it
when STR is clicked (using RET or mouse-2); if FUNC-OR-SHORTCUT is
a string, execute the corresponding keyboard action when it is
  :override #'mu4e~main-action-str
  (let ((newstr
            (format "%s"
                    (propertize (match-string 1 m) 'face '(mode-line-emphasis bold))))
          (replace-regexp-in-string "\t\\*" "\t⚫" str)))
        (map (make-sparse-keymap))
        (func (if (functionp func-or-shortcut)
                (if (stringp func-or-shortcut)
                      (execute-kbd-macro func-or-shortcut))))))
    (define-key map [mouse-2] func)
    (define-key map (kbd "RET") func)
    (put-text-property 0 (length newstr) 'keymap map newstr)
    (put-text-property (string-match "[A-Za-z].+$" newstr)
                       (- (length newstr) 1) 'mouse-face 'highlight newstr)

(setq evil-collection-mu4e-end-region-misc "quit")

I’d also quite like an easy way to be able to move away from the created mu4e workspace without closing the process (which rules “quit” out). The obvious analogous idea is “hide”, and it turns out that the h key is conveniently unbound in the main mu4e view.

(map! :map mu4e-main-mode-map
      :after mu4e
      :nive "h" #'+workspace/other) Sending Mail

Let’s send emails too.

(after! mu4e
  (setq sendmail-program "/usr/local/bin/msmtp"
        send-mail-function 'smtpmail-send-it
        message-sendmail-f-is-evil t
        message-sendmail-extra-arguments '("--read-envelope-from"); , "--read-recipients")
        message-send-mail-function 'message-send-mail-with-sendmail))

It’s also nice to avoid accidently sending emails with the wrong account. If we can send from the address in the To field, let’s do that. Opening an ivy prompt otherwise also seems sensible.

(after! mu4e
  (defun my-mu4e-set-account ()
    "Set the account for composing a message."
    (unless (and mu4e-compose-parent-message
                 (let ((to (cdr (car (mu4e-message-field mu4e-compose-parent-message :to))))
                       (from (cdr (car (mu4e-message-field mu4e-compose-parent-message :from)))))
                 (if (member to (plist-get mu4e~server-props :personal-addresses))
                     (setq user-mail-address to)
                   (if (member from (plist-get mu4e~server-props :personal-addresses))
                       (setq user-mail-address from)
      (ivy-read "Account: " (plist-get mu4e~server-props :personal-addresses) :action (lambda (candidate) (setq user-mail-address candidate)))))

  (add-hook 'mu4e-compose-pre-hook 'my-mu4e-set-account))

We can register Emacs as a potential email client with the following desktop file, thanks to Etienne Deparis’s Mu4e customization.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Compose message in Emacs
GenericName=Compose a new message with Mu4e in Emacs
Comment=Open mu4e compose window
Exec=emacsclient -create-frame --alternate-editor="" --no-wait --eval '(progn (mu4e-compose-from-mailto "%u") (x-focus-frame nil))'

To register this, just call

update-desktop-database ~/.local/share/applications

We also want to define mu4e-compose-from-mailto.

(defun mu4e-compose-from-mailto (mailto-string)
  (require 'mu4e)
  (unless mu4e~server-props (mu4e t) (sleep-for 0.1))
  (let* ((mailto (rfc2368-parse-mailto-url mailto-string))
         (to (cdr (assoc "To" mailto)))
         (subject (or (cdr (assoc "Subject" mailto)) ""))
         (body (cdr (assoc "Body" mailto)))
         (org-msg-greeting-fmt (if (assoc "Body" mailto)
                                   (replace-regexp-in-string "%" "%%"
                                                             (cdr (assoc "Body" mailto)))
         (headers (-filter (lambda (spec) (not (-contains-p '("To" "Subject" "Body") (car spec)))) mailto)))
    (mu4e~compose-mail to subject headers)))

This may not quite function as intended for now due to jeremy-compostella/org-msg#52. Getting notified

For this we can use mu4e-alert. We can also perform a few tweaks to make it a bit more visually appealing.

(use-package! mu4e-alert
  :after mu4e
  (setq mu4e-alert-email-notification-types '(subject count))
  (mu4e-alert-set-default-style 'libnotify)
  (setq mu4e-alert-icon "/usr/share/icons/Papirus/64x64/apps/evolution.svg")
  (defun mu4e-alert-iconised-modeline-formatter (mail-count)
    "Formatter used to get the string to be displayed in the mode-line, using all-the-icons.
MAIL-COUNT is the count of mails for which the string is to displayed"
    (when (not (zerop mail-count))
      (concat " "
                (all-the-icons-material "mail_outline")
                (if (zerop mail-count)
                  (format " %d" mail-count)))
               'help-echo (concat (if (= mail-count 1)
                                      "You have an unread email"
                                    (format "You have %s unread emails" mail-count))
                                  "\nClick here to view "
                                  (if (= mail-count 1) "it" "them"))
               'mouse-face 'mode-line-highlight
               'keymap '(mode-line keymap
                                   (mouse-1 . mu4e-alert-view-unread-mails)
                                   (mouse-2 . mu4e-alert-view-unread-mails)
                                   (mouse-3 . mu4e-alert-view-unread-mails))))))
  (setq mu4e-alert-modeline-formatter #'mu4e-alert-iconised-modeline-formatter)

  (setq mu4e-alert-email-notification-types '(subjects))
  (defun mu4e-alert-grouped-mail-notification-formatter-with-bell (mail-group all-mails)
    "Default function to format MAIL-GROUP for notification.
ALL-MAILS are the all the unread emails"
    (shell-command "paplay /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/message.oga")
    (if (> (length mail-group) 1)
         (let* ((mail-count (length mail-group))
                (total-mails (length all-mails))
                (first-mail (car mail-group))
                (title-prefix (format "You have %d unread emails"
                (field-value (mu4e-alert--get-group first-mail))
                (title-suffix (format (pcase mu4e-alert-group-by
                                        (`:from "from %s:")
                                        (`:to "to %s:")
                                        (`:maildir "in %s:")
                                        (`:priority "with %s priority:")
                                        (`:flags "with %s flags:"))
                (title (format "%s %s" title-prefix title-suffix)))
           (list :title title
                 :body (s-join "\n"
                               (mapcar (lambda (mail)
                                         (format "%s<b>%s</b> • %s"
                                                  ((plist-get mail :in-reply-to) "⮩ ")
                                                  ((string-match-p "\\`Fwd:"
                                                                   (plist-get mail :subject)) " ⮯ ")
                                                  (t "  "))
                                                 (truncate-string-to-width (caar (plist-get mail :from))
                                                                           20 nil nil t)
                                                  (replace-regexp-in-string "\\`Re: \\|\\`Fwd: " ""
                                                                            (plist-get mail :subject))
                                                  40 nil nil t)))
      (let* ((new-mail (car mail-group))
             (subject (plist-get new-mail :subject))
             (sender (caar (plist-get new-mail :from))))
        (list :title sender :body subject))))
  (setq mu4e-alert-grouped-mail-notification-formatter #'mu4e-alert-grouped-mail-notification-formatter-with-bell)) Process control

Here’s what I want

  • An instance of Mu4e to be active all the time, for notifications
  • No crufty timers on loops et. al

I think a file watch etc. setup similar to that in Rebuild mail index while using mu4e is probably the cleanest way to operate. We can put the current PID in the file and check for existance too.

(after! mu4e
  (defvar mu4e-lock-file "/tmp/mu4e_lock"
    "Location of the lock file which stores the PID of the process currenty running mu4e")
  (defvar mu4e-lock-request-file "/tmp/mu4e_lock_request"
    "Location of the lock file for which creating indicated that another process wants the lock to be released")

  (defvar mu4e-lock-greedy nil
    "Whether to 'grab' the `mu4e-lock-file' if nobody else has it, i.e. start Mu4e")
  (defvar mu4e-lock-relaxed nil
    "Whether if someone else wants the lock (signaled via `mu4e-lock-request-file'), we should stop Mu4e and let go of it")

  (defun mu4e-lock-pid-info ()
    "Get info on the PID refered to in `mu4e-lock-file' in the form (pid . process-attributes)
 If the file or process do not exist, the lock file is deleted an nil returned."
    (when (file-exists-p mu4e-lock-file)
      (let* ((pid (string-to-number (f-read-text mu4e-lock-file 'utf-8)))
             (process (process-attributes pid)))
          (if process (cons pid process)
            (delete-file mu4e-lock-file) nil))))

  (defun mu4e-lock-avalible (&optional strict)
    "If the `mu4e-lock-file' is avalible (unset or owned by this emacs) return t.
If STRICT only accept an unset lock file."
    (not (when-let* ((lock-info (mu4e-lock-pid-info))
                (pid (car lock-info)))
           (when (or strict (/= (emacs-pid) pid)) t))))

  (defadvice! mu4e-lock-file-delete-maybe ()
    "Check `mu4e-lock-file', and delete it if this process is responsible for it."
    :after #'mu4e-quit
    (when (mu4e-lock-avalible)
      (delete-file mu4e-lock-file)
      (file-notify-rm-watch mu4e-lock--request-watcher)))

  (add-hook 'kill-emacs-hook #'mu4e-lock-file-delete-maybe)

  (defadvice! mu4e-lock-start (orig-fun &optional callback)
    "Check `mu4e-lock-file', and if another process is responsible for it, abort starting.
Else, write to this process' PID to the lock file"
    :around #'mu4e~start
    (unless (mu4e-lock-avalible)
      (shell-command (format "touch %s" mu4e-lock-request-file))
      (message "Lock file exists, requesting that it be given up")
      (sleep-for 0.1)
      (delete-file mu4e-lock-request-file))
    (if (not (mu4e-lock-avalible))
        (user-error "Unfortunately another Emacs is already doing stuff with Mu4e, and you can only have one at a time")
      (f-write-text (number-to-string (emacs-pid)) 'utf-8 mu4e-lock-file)
      (delete-file mu4e-lock-request-file)
      (funcall orig-fun callback)
      (setq mu4e-lock--request-watcher
            (file-notify-add-watch mu4e-lock-request-file

  (defvar mu4e-lock--file-watcher nil)
  (defvar mu4e-lock--file-just-deleted nil)
  (defvar mu4e-lock--request-watcher nil)

  (defun mu4e-lock-add-watcher ()
    (setq mu4e-lock--file-just-deleted nil)
    (file-notify-rm-watch mu4e-lock--file-watcher)
    (setq mu4e-lock--file-watcher
          (file-notify-add-watch mu4e-lock-file

  (defun mu4e-lock-request (event)
    "Handle another process requesting the Mu4e lock."
    (when (equal (nth 1 event) 'created)
      (when mu4e-lock-relaxed
        (file-notify-rm-watch mu4e-lock--file-watcher)
        (message "Someone else wants to use Mu4e, releasing lock")
        (delete-file mu4e-lock-file)
        (run-at-time 0.2 nil #'mu4e-lock-add-watcher))
      (delete-file mu4e-lock-request-file)))

  (defun mu4e-lock-file-updated (event)
    (if mu4e-lock--file-just-deleted
      (when (equal (nth 1 event) 'deleted)
        (setq mu4e-lock--file-just-deleted t)
        (when (and mu4e-lock-greedy (mu4e-lock-avalible t))
          (message "Noticed Mu4e lock was avalible, grabbed it")
          (run-at-time 0.2 nil #'mu4e~start))

4.13.5 Org Msg

(defvar org-msg-currently-exporting nil
  "Helper variable to indicate whether org-msg is currently exporting the org buffer to HTML.
Usefull for affecting some of my HTML export config.")

(use-package! org-msg
  :after mu4e
  (setq org-msg-options "html-postamble:nil H:5 num:nil ^:{} toc:nil author:nil email:nil \\n:t tex:dvipng"
        org-msg-startup "hidestars indent inlineimages"
        org-msg-greeting-fmt "\nHi %s,\n\n"
        org-msg-greeting-name-limit 3
        org-msg-text-plain-alternative t)
  (map! :map org-msg-edit-mode-map
        :n "G" #'org-msg-goto-body)
  (defadvice! org-msg--now-exporting (&rest _)
    :before #'org-msg-org-to-xml
    (setq org-msg-currently-exporting t))
  (defadvice! org-msg--not-exporting (&rest _)
    :after #'org-msg-org-to-xml
    (setq org-msg-currently-exporting nil))
  (setq org-msg-enforce-css
        (let* ((font-family '(font-family . "-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, \"Segoe UI\", Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell,\
          \"Fira Sans\", \"Droid Sans\", \"Helvetica Neue\", Arial, sans-serif, \"Apple Color Emoji\", \"Segoe UI Emoji\", \"Segoe UI Symbol\";"))
               (monospace-font '(font-family . "SFMono-Regular, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, \"Liberation Mono\", \"Courier New\", monospace;"))
               (font-size '(font-size . "11pt"))
               (font `(,font-family ,font-size))
               (line-height '(line-height . "1.2"))
               (theme-color "#2654BF")
               (bold '(font-weight . "bold"))
               (color `(color . ,theme-color))
               (table `((margin-top . "6px") (margin-bottom . "6px")
                        (border-left . "none") (border-right . "none")
                        (border-top . "2px solid #222222") (border-bottom . "2px solid #222222")
               (ftl-number `(,color ,bold (text-align . "left")))
               (inline-modes '(asl c c++ conf cpp csv diff ditaa emacs-lisp
                                   fundamental ini json makefile man org plantuml
                                   python sh xml))
               (inline-src `((background-color . "rgba(27,31,35,.05)")
                             (border-radius . "3px")
                             (padding . ".2em .4em")
                             (font-size . "90%") ,monospace-font
                             (margin . 0)))
                (mapcar (lambda (mode)
                          `(code ,(intern (concat "src src-" (symbol-name mode)))
          `((del nil ((color . "grey") (border-left . "none")
                      (text-decoration . "line-through") (margin-bottom . "0px")
                      (margin-top . "10px") (line-height . "11pt")))
            (a nil (,color))
            (a reply-header ((color . "black") (text-decoration . "none")))
            (div reply-header ((padding . "3.0pt 0in 0in 0in")
                               (border-top . "solid #e1e1e1 1.0pt")
                               (margin-bottom . "20px")))
            (span underline ((text-decoration . "underline")))
            (li nil (,line-height (margin-bottom . "0px")
                                  (margin-top . "2px")))
            (nil org-ul ((list-style-type . "square")))
            (nil org-ol (,@font ,line-height (margin-bottom . "0px")
                                (margin-top . "0px") (margin-left . "30px")
                                (padding-top . "0px") (padding-left . "5px")))
            (nil signature (,@font (margin-bottom . "20px")))
            (blockquote nil ((padding . "0px 10px") (margin-left . "10px")
                             (margin-top . "20px") (margin-bottom . "0")
                             (border-left . "3px solid #ccc") (font-style . "italic")
                             (background . "#f9f9f9")))
            (code nil (,font-size ,monospace-font (background . "#f9f9f9")))
            (nil linenr ((padding-right . "1em")
                         (color . "black")
                         (background-color . "#aaaaaa")))
            (pre nil ((line-height . "1.2")
                      (color . ,(doom-color 'fg))
                      (background-color . ,(doom-color 'bg))
                      (margin . "4px 0px 8px 0px")
                      (padding . "8px 12px")
                      (width . "95%")
                      (border-radius . "5px")
                      (font-weight . "500")
            (div org-src-container ((margin-top . "10px")))
            (nil figure-number ,ftl-number)
            (nil table-number)
            (caption nil ((text-align . "left")
                          (background . ,theme-color)
                          (color . "white")
            (nil t-above ((caption-side . "top")))
            (nil t-bottom ((caption-side . "bottom")))
            (nil listing-number ,ftl-number)
            (nil figure ,ftl-number)
            (nil org-src-name ,ftl-number)
            (img nil ((vertical-align . "middle")
                      (max-width . "100%")))
            (img latex-fragment ((transform . ,(format "translateY(-1px) scale(%.3f)"
                                                       (/ 1.0 (if (boundp 'preview-scale)
                                                                  preview-scale 1.4))))
                                 (margin . "0 -0.35em")))
            (table nil (,@table ,line-height (border-collapse . "collapse")))
            (th nil ((border . "none") (border-bottom . "1px solid #222222")
                     (background-color . "#EDEDED") (font-weight . "500")
                     (padding . "3px 10px")))
            (td nil (,@table (padding . "1px 10px")
                             (background-color . "#f9f9f9") (border . "none")))
            (td org-left ((text-align . "left")))
            (td org-right ((text-align . "right")))
            (td org-center ((text-align . "center")))
            (kbd nil ((border . "1px solid #d1d5da") (border-radius . "3px")
                      (box-shadow . "inset 0 -1px 0 #d1d5da") (background-color . "#fafbfc")
                      (color . "#444d56") (padding . "3px 5px") (display . "inline-block")))
            (div outline-text-4 ((margin-left . "15px")))
            (div outline-4 ((margin-left . "10px")))
            (h4 nil ((margin-bottom . "0px") (font-size . "11pt")))
            (h3 nil ((margin-bottom . "0px")
                     ,color (font-size . "14pt")))
            (h2 nil ((margin-top . "20px") (margin-bottom . "20px")
                     ,color (font-size . "18pt")))
            (h1 nil ((margin-top . "20px")
                     (margin-bottom . "0px") ,color (font-size . "24pt")))
            (p nil ((text-decoration . "none") (margin-bottom . "0px")
                    (margin-top . "10px") (line-height . "11pt") ,font-size
                    (max-width . "100ch")))
            (b nil ((font-weight . "500") (color . ,theme-color)))
            (div nil (,@font (line-height . "12pt"))))))
  (org-msg-mode t))

To make this look a little nicer, we will overwrite the default style.

(setq org-msg-enforce-css
      (let* ((font-family '(font-family . "-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, \"Segoe UI\", Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell,\
        \"Fira Sans\", \"Droid Sans\", \"Helvetica Neue\", Arial, sans-serif, \"Apple Color Emoji\", \"Segoe UI Emoji\", \"Segoe UI Symbol\";"))
             (monospace-font '(font-family . "SFMono-Regular, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, \"Liberation Mono\", \"Courier New\", monospace;"))
             (font-size '(font-size . "11pt"))
             (font `(,font-family ,font-size))
             (line-height '(line-height . "1.2"))
             (theme-color "#2654BF")
             (bold '(font-weight . "bold"))
             (color `(color . ,theme-color))
             (table `((margin-top . "6px") (margin-bottom . "6px")
                      (border-left . "none") (border-right . "none")
                      (border-top . "2px solid #222222") (border-bottom . "2px solid #222222")
             (ftl-number `(,color ,bold (text-align . "left")))
             (inline-modes '(asl c c++ conf cpp csv diff ditaa emacs-lisp
                                 fundamental ini json makefile man org plantuml
                                 python sh xml))
             (inline-src `((background-color . "rgba(27,31,35,.05)")
                           (border-radius . "3px")
                           (padding . ".2em .4em")
                           (font-size . "90%") ,monospace-font
                           (margin . 0)))
              (mapcar (lambda (mode)
                        `(code ,(intern (concat "src src-" (symbol-name mode)))
        `((del nil ((color . "grey") (border-left . "none")
                    (text-decoration . "line-through") (margin-bottom . "0px")
                    (margin-top . "10px") (line-height . "11pt")))
          (a nil (,color))
          (a reply-header ((color . "black") (text-decoration . "none")))
          (div reply-header ((padding . "3.0pt 0in 0in 0in")
                             (border-top . "solid #e1e1e1 1.0pt")
                             (margin-bottom . "20px")))
          (span underline ((text-decoration . "underline")))
          (li nil (,line-height (margin-bottom . "0px")
                                (margin-top . "2px")))
          (nil org-ul ((list-style-type . "square")))
          (nil org-ol (,@font ,line-height (margin-bottom . "0px")
                              (margin-top . "0px") (margin-left . "30px")
                              (padding-top . "0px") (padding-left . "5px")))
          (nil signature (,@font (margin-bottom . "20px")))
          (blockquote nil ((padding . "0px 10px") (margin-left . "10px")
                           (margin-top . "20px") (margin-bottom . "0")
                           (border-left . "3px solid #ccc") (font-style . "italic")
                           (background . "#f9f9f9")))
          (code nil (,font-size ,monospace-font (background . "#f9f9f9")))
          (nil linenr ((padding-right . "1em")
                       (color . "black")
                       (background-color . "#aaaaaa")))
          (pre nil ((line-height . "1.2")
                    (color . ,(doom-color 'fg))
                    (background-color . ,(doom-color 'bg))
                    (margin . "4px 0px 8px 0px")
                    (padding . "8px 12px")
                    (width . "95%")
                    (border-radius . "5px")
                    (font-weight . "500")
          (div org-src-container ((margin-top . "10px")))
          (nil figure-number ,ftl-number)
          (nil table-number)
          (caption nil ((text-align . "left")
                        (background . ,theme-color)
                        (color . "white")
          (nil t-above ((caption-side . "top")))
          (nil t-bottom ((caption-side . "bottom")))
          (nil listing-number ,ftl-number)
          (nil figure ,ftl-number)
          (nil org-src-name ,ftl-number)
          (img nil ((vertical-align . "middle")
                    (max-width . "100%")))
          (img latex-fragment ((transform . ,(format "translateY(-1px) scale(%.3f)"
                                                     (/ 1.0 (if (boundp 'preview-scale)
                                                                preview-scale 1.4))))
                               (margin . "0 -0.35em")))
          (table nil (,@table ,line-height (border-collapse . "collapse")))
          (th nil ((border . "none") (border-bottom . "1px solid #222222")
                   (background-color . "#EDEDED") (font-weight . "500")
                   (padding . "3px 10px")))
          (td nil (,@table (padding . "1px 10px")
                           (background-color . "#f9f9f9") (border . "none")))
          (td org-left ((text-align . "left")))
          (td org-right ((text-align . "right")))
          (td org-center ((text-align . "center")))
          (kbd nil ((border . "1px solid #d1d5da") (border-radius . "3px")
                    (box-shadow . "inset 0 -1px 0 #d1d5da") (background-color . "#fafbfc")
                    (color . "#444d56") (padding . "3px 5px") (display . "inline-block")))
          (div outline-text-4 ((margin-left . "15px")))
          (div outline-4 ((margin-left . "10px")))
          (h4 nil ((margin-bottom . "0px") (font-size . "11pt")))
          (h3 nil ((margin-bottom . "0px")
                   ,color (font-size . "14pt")))
          (h2 nil ((margin-top . "20px") (margin-bottom . "20px")
                   ,color (font-size . "18pt")))
          (h1 nil ((margin-top . "20px")
                   (margin-bottom . "0px") ,color (font-size . "24pt")))
          (p nil ((text-decoration . "none") (margin-bottom . "0px")
                  (margin-top . "10px") (line-height . "11pt") ,font-size
                  (max-width . "100ch")))
          (b nil ((font-weight . "500") (color . ,theme-color)))
          (div nil (,@font (line-height . "12pt"))))))

4.14 Org Chef

Loading after org seems a bit premature. Let’s just load it when we try to use it, either by command or in a capture template.

(use-package! org-chef
  :commands (org-chef-insert-recipe org-chef-get-recipe-from-url))

4.15 Projectile

Looking at documentation via SPC h f and SPC h v and looking at the source can add package src directories to projectile. This isn’t desirable in my opinion.

(setq projectile-ignored-projects '("~/" "/tmp" "~/.emacs.d/.local/straight/repos/"))
(defun projectile-ignored-project-function (filepath)
  "Return t if FILEPATH is within any of `projectile-ignored-projects'"
  (or (mapcar (lambda (p) (s-starts-with-p p filepath)) projectile-ignored-projects)))

4.16 Smart Parentheses

     "<<" ">>"
     :actions '(insert))

4.17 Spray

Let’s make this suit me slightly better.

(setq spray-wpm 500
      spray-height 700)

4.18 Theme magic

Let’s automatically update terminals on theme change

(add-hook 'doom-load-theme-hook 'theme-magic-from-emacs)

4.19 Tramp

Let’s try to make tramp handle prompts better

(after! tramp
  (setenv "SHELL" "/bin/bash")
  (setq tramp-shell-prompt-pattern "\\(?:^\\|
\\)[^]#$%>\n]*#?[]#$%>] *\\(\\[[0-9;]*[a-zA-Z] *\\)*")) ;; defult +  Troubleshooting

In case the remote shell is misbehaving, here are some things to try Zsh

There are some escape code you don’t want, let’s make it behave more considerately.

if [[ "$TERM" == "dumb" ]]; then
        unset zle_bracketed_paste
        unset zle
        PS1='$ '

4.20 Treemacs

Quite often there are superfluous files I’m not that interested in. There’s no good reason for them to take up space. Let’s add a mechanism to ignore them.

(after! treemacs
  (defvar treemacs-file-ignore-extensions '()
    "File extension which `treemacs-ignore-filter' will ensure are ignored")
  (defvar treemacs-file-ignore-globs '()
    "Globs which will are transformed to `treemacs-file-ignore-regexps' which `treemacs-ignore-filter' will ensure are ignored")
  (defvar treemacs-file-ignore-regexps '()
    "RegExps to be tested to ignore files, generated from `treeemacs-file-ignore-globs'")
  (defun treemacs-file-ignore-generate-regexps ()
    "Generate `treemacs-file-ignore-regexps' from `treemacs-file-ignore-globs'"
    (setq treemacs-file-ignore-regexps (mapcar 'dired-glob-regexp treemacs-file-ignore-globs)))
  (if (equal treemacs-file-ignore-globs '()) nil (treemacs-file-ignore-generate-regexps))
  (defun treemacs-ignore-filter (file full-path)
    "Ignore files specified by `treemacs-file-ignore-extensions', and `treemacs-file-ignore-regexps'"
    (or (member (file-name-extension file) treemacs-file-ignore-extensions)
        (let ((ignore-file nil))
          (dolist (regexp treemacs-file-ignore-regexps ignore-file)
            (setq ignore-file (or ignore-file (if (string-match-p regexp full-path) t nil)))))))
  (add-to-list 'treemacs-ignored-file-predicates #'treemacs-ignore-filter))

Now, we just identify the files in question.

(setq treemacs-file-ignore-extensions '(;; LaTeX
                                        ;; LaTeX - glossary
                                        ;; LaTeX - pgfplots
                                        ;; LaTeX - pdfx
(setq treemacs-file-ignore-globs '(;; LaTeX
                                   ;; AucTeX

4.21 VTerm

On my system, I want to use the vterm lib in /usr/bin/ This is not default behaviour. Without this I see the following error message.

make[2]: *** No rule to make target 'libvterm-prefix/src/libvterm/.libs/libvterm.a', needed by '../'.  Stop.
make[1]: *** [CMakeFiles/Makefile2:106: CMakeFiles/vterm-module.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [Makefile:84: all] Error 2

I asked about this in a GitHub Issue, and the fix is to use the cmake flag -DUSE_SYSTEM_LIBVTERM=yes. This can be set for when Doom recompiles vterm on updating, which saves me manually compiling with the flag.

(setq vterm-module-cmake-args "-DUSE_SYSTEM_LIBVTERM=yes")

I also use a ’fancy powerline setup’ with Powerlevel10k, so I need to use a patched font for my terminal. Unfortunately I haven’t quite figured out how to do this yet.

4.22 Which-key

Let’s make this popup a bit faster

(setq which-key-idle-delay 0.5) ;; I need the help, I really do

I also think that having evil- appear in so many popups is a bit too verbose, let’s change that, and do a few other similar tweaks while we’re at it.

(setq which-key-allow-multiple-replacements t)
(after! which-key
   '(("" . "\\`+?evil[-:]?\\(?:a-\\)?\\(.*\\)") . (nil . "◂\\1"))
   '(("\\`g s" . "\\`evilem--?motion-\\(.*\\)") . (nil . "◃\\1"))

4.23 xkcd

We wan’t to set this up so it loads nicely in Extra links.

(use-package! xkcd
  :commands (xkcd-get-json xkcd-download xkcd-get
             ;; now for funcs from my extension of this pkg
             +xkcd-find-and-copy +xkcd-find-and-view
             +xkcd-fetch-info +xkcd-select)
  (add-to-list 'evil-snipe-disabled-modes 'xkcd-mode)
  :general (:states 'normal
            :keymaps 'xkcd-mode-map
            "<right>" #'xkcd-next
            "n"       #'xkcd-next ; evil-ish
            "<left>"  #'xkcd-prev
            "N"       #'xkcd-prev ; evil-ish
            "r"       #'xkcd-rand
            "a"       #'xkcd-rand ; because image-rotate can interfere
            "t"       #'xkcd-alt-text
            "q"       #'xkcd-kill-buffer
            "o"       #'xkcd-open-browser
            "e"       #'xkcd-open-explanation-browser
            ;; extras
            "s"       #'+xkcd-find-and-view
            "/"       #'+xkcd-find-and-view
            "y"       #'+xkcd-copy))

Let’s also extend the functionality a whole bunch.

(after! xkcd
  (require 'emacsql-sqlite)

  (defun +xkcd-select ()
    "Prompt the user for an xkcd using `ivy-read' and `+xkcd-select-format'. Return the xkcd number or nil"
    (let* (prompt-lines
           (-dummy (maphash (lambda (key xkcd-info)
                              (push (+xkcd-select-format xkcd-info) prompt-lines))
           (num (ivy-read (format "xkcd (%s): " xkcd-latest) prompt-lines)))
      (if (equal "" num) xkcd-latest
        (string-to-number (replace-regexp-in-string "\\([0-9]+\\).*" "\\1" num)))))

  (defun +xkcd-select-format (xkcd-info)
    "Creates each ivy-read line from an xkcd info plist. Must start with the xkcd number"
    (format "%-4s  %-30s %s"
            (propertize (number-to-string (plist-get xkcd-info :num))
                        'face 'counsel-key-binding)
            (plist-get xkcd-info :title)
            (propertize (plist-get xkcd-info :alt)
                        'face '(variable-pitch font-lock-comment-face))))

  (defun +xkcd-fetch-info (&optional num)
    "Fetch the parsed json info for comic NUM. Fetches latest when omitted or 0"
    (require 'xkcd)
    (when (or (not num) (= num 0))
      (setq num xkcd-latest))
    (let ((res (or (gethash num +xkcd-stored-info)
                   (puthash num (+xkcd-db-read num) +xkcd-stored-info))))
      (unless res
         (let* ((url (format "" num))
                 (if (assoc num +xkcd-stored-info)
                     (assoc num +xkcd-stored-info)
                   (json-read-from-string (xkcd-get-json url num)))))
        (setq res (+xkcd-db-read num)))

  ;; since we've done this, we may as well go one little step further
  (defun +xkcd-find-and-copy ()
    "Prompt for an xkcd using `+xkcd-select' and copy url to clipboard"
    (+xkcd-copy (+xkcd-select)))

  (defun +xkcd-copy (&optional num)
    "Copy a url to xkcd NUM to the clipboard"
    (interactive "i")
    (let ((num (or num xkcd-cur)))
      (gui-select-text (format "" num))
      (message " copied to clipboard" num)))

  (defun +xkcd-find-and-view ()
    "Prompt for an xkcd using `+xkcd-select' and view it"
    (xkcd-get (+xkcd-select))
    (switch-to-buffer "*xkcd*"))

  (defvar +xkcd-latest-max-age (* 60 60) ; 1 hour
    "Time after which xkcd-latest should be refreshed, in seconds")

  ;; initialise `xkcd-latest' and `+xkcd-stored-info' with latest xkcd
  (add-transient-hook! '+xkcd-select
    (require 'xkcd)
    (+xkcd-fetch-info xkcd-latest)
    (setq +xkcd-stored-info (+xkcd-db-read-all)))

  (add-transient-hook! '+xkcd-fetch-info

  (defun +xkcd-check-latest ()
    "Use value in `xkcd-cache-latest' as long as it isn't older thabn `+xkcd-latest-max-age'"
    (unless (and (file-exists-p xkcd-cache-latest)
                 (< (- (time-to-seconds (current-time))
                       (time-to-seconds (file-attribute-modification-time (file-attributes xkcd-cache-latest))))
      (let* ((out (xkcd-get-json "" 0))
             (json-assoc (json-read-from-string out))
             (latest (cdr (assoc 'num json-assoc))))
        (when (/= xkcd-latest latest)
          (+xkcd-db-write json-assoc)
          (with-current-buffer (find-file xkcd-cache-latest)
            (setq xkcd-latest latest)
            (insert (number-to-string latest))
            (kill-buffer (current-buffer)))))
      (shell-command (format "touch %s" xkcd-cache-latest))))

  (defvar +xkcd-stored-info (make-hash-table :test 'eql)
    "Basic info on downloaded xkcds, in the form of a hashtable")

  (defadvice! xkcd-get-json--and-cache (url &optional num)
    "Fetch the Json coming from URL.
If the file NUM.json exists, use it instead.
If NUM is 0, always download from URL.
The return value is a string."
    :override #'xkcd-get-json
    (let* ((file (format "%s%d.json" xkcd-cache-dir num))
           (cached (and (file-exists-p file) (not (eq num 0))))
           (out (with-current-buffer (if cached
                                         (find-file file)
                                       (url-retrieve-synchronously url))
                  (goto-char (point-min))
                  (unless cached (re-search-forward "^$"))
                      (buffer-substring-no-properties (point) (point-max))
                    (kill-buffer (current-buffer))))))
      (unless (or cached (eq num 0))
        (xkcd-cache-json num out))

  (defadvice! +xkcd-get (num)
    "Get the xkcd number NUM."
    :override 'xkcd-get
    (interactive "nEnter comic number: ")
    (get-buffer-create "*xkcd*")
    (switch-to-buffer "*xkcd*")
    (let (buffer-read-only)
      (setq xkcd-cur num)
      (let* ((xkcd-data (+xkcd-fetch-info num))
             (num (plist-get xkcd-data :num))
             (img (plist-get xkcd-data :img))
             (safe-title (plist-get xkcd-data :safe-title))
             (alt (plist-get xkcd-data :alt))
             title file)
        (message "Getting comic...")
        (setq file (xkcd-download img num))
        (setq title (format "%d: %s" num safe-title))
        (insert (propertize title
                            'face 'outline-1))
        (insert "\n")
        (xkcd-insert-image file num)
        (if (eq xkcd-cur 0)
            (setq xkcd-cur num))
        (setq xkcd-alt alt)
        (message "%s" title))))

  (defconst +xkcd-db--sqlite-available-p
    (with-demoted-errors "+org-xkcd initialization: %S"

  (defvar +xkcd-db--connection (make-hash-table :test #'equal)
    "Database connection to +org-xkcd database.")

  (defun +xkcd-db--get ()
    "Return the sqlite db file."
    (expand-file-name "xkcd.db" xkcd-cache-dir))

  (defun +xkcd-db--get-connection ()
    "Return the database connection, if any."
    (gethash (file-truename xkcd-cache-dir)

  (defconst +xkcd-db--table-schema
       [(num integer :unique :primary-key)
        (year        :not-null)
        (month       :not-null)
        (link        :not-null)
        (news        :not-null)
        (safe_title  :not-null)
        (title       :not-null)
        (transcript  :not-null)
        (alt         :not-null)
        (img         :not-null)])))

  (defun +xkcd-db--init (db)
    "Initialize database DB with the correct schema and user version."
    (emacsql-with-transaction db
      (pcase-dolist (`(,table . ,schema) +xkcd-db--table-schema)
        (emacsql db [:create-table $i1 $S2] table schema))))

  (defun +xkcd-db ()
    "Entrypoint to the +org-xkcd sqlite database.
Initializes and stores the database, and the database connection.
Performs a database upgrade when required."
    (unless (and (+xkcd-db--get-connection)
                 (emacsql-live-p (+xkcd-db--get-connection)))
      (let* ((db-file (+xkcd-db--get))
             (init-db (not (file-exists-p db-file))))
        (make-directory (file-name-directory db-file) t)
        (let ((conn (emacsql-sqlite db-file)))
          (set-process-query-on-exit-flag (emacsql-process conn) nil)
          (puthash (file-truename xkcd-cache-dir)
          (when init-db
            (+xkcd-db--init conn)))))

  (defun +xkcd-db-query (sql &rest args)
    "Run SQL query on +org-xkcd database with ARGS.
SQL can be either the emacsql vector representation, or a string."
    (if  (stringp sql)
        (emacsql (+xkcd-db) (apply #'format sql args))
      (apply #'emacsql (+xkcd-db) sql args)))

  (defun +xkcd-db-read (num)
    (when-let ((res
                (car (+xkcd-db-query [:select * :from xkcds
                                      :where (= num $s1)]
                                     :limit 1))))
      (+xkcd-db-list-to-plist res)))

  (defun +xkcd-db-read-all ()
    (let ((xkcd-table (make-hash-table :test 'eql :size 4000)))
      (mapcar (lambda (xkcd-info-list)
                (puthash (car xkcd-info-list) (+xkcd-db-list-to-plist xkcd-info-list) xkcd-table))
              (+xkcd-db-query [:select * :from xkcds]))

  (defun +xkcd-db-list-to-plist (xkcd-datalist)
    `(:num ,(nth 0 xkcd-datalist)
      :year ,(nth 1 xkcd-datalist)
      :month ,(nth 2 xkcd-datalist)
      :link ,(nth 3 xkcd-datalist)
      :news ,(nth 4 xkcd-datalist)
      :safe-title ,(nth 5 xkcd-datalist)
      :title ,(nth 6 xkcd-datalist)
      :transcript ,(nth 7 xkcd-datalist)
      :alt ,(nth 8 xkcd-datalist)
      :img ,(nth 9 xkcd-datalist)))

  (defun +xkcd-db-write (data)
    (+xkcd-db-query [:insert-into xkcds
                     :values $v1]
                    (list (vector
                           (cdr (assoc 'num        data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'year       data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'month      data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'link       data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'news       data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'safe_title data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'title      data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'transcript data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'alt        data))
                           (cdr (assoc 'img        data))

4.24 YASnippet

Nested snippets are good, enable that.

(setq yas-triggers-in-field t)

5 Language configuration

5.0.1 File Templates

For some file types, we overwrite defaults in the snippets directory, others need to have a template assigned.

(set-file-template! "\\.tex$" :trigger "__" :mode 'latex-mode)

5.1 Plaintext

It’s nice to see ansi colour codes displayed

(after! text-mode
  (add-hook! 'text-mode-hook
    ;; Apply ANSI color codes
      (ansi-color-apply-on-region (point-min) (point-max)))))

5.2 Org Mode

I really like org mode, I’ve given some thought to why, and below is the result.

Format Fine-grained-control Initial Effort Syntax simplicity Editor Support Integrations Ease-of-referencing Versatility
Word 2 4 4 2 3 2 2
LaTeX 4 1 1 3 2 4 3
Org Mode 4 2 3.5 1 4 4 4
Markdown 1 3 3 4 3 3 1
Markdown + Pandoc 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 3 3 2


5.2.1 System config

Org mode isn’t recognised as it’s own mime type by default, but that can easily be changed with the following file. For system-wide changes try ~/usr/share/mime/packages/org.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<mime-info xmlns=''>
  <mime-type type="text/org">
    <comment>Emacs Org-mode File</comment>
    <glob pattern="*.org"/>
    <alias type="text/org"/>

What’s nice is that Papirus now has an icon for text/org. One simply needs to refresh their mime database

update-mime-database ~/.local/share/mime

Then set Emacs as the default editor

xdg-mime default emacs.desktop text/org

5.2.2 Behaviour

Automation Tweaking defaults
(setq org-directory "~/.org"                      ; let's put files here
      org-use-property-inheritance t              ; it's convenient to have properties inherited
      org-log-done 'time                          ; having the time a item is done sounds convininet
      org-list-allow-alphabetical t               ; have a. A. a) A) list bullets
      org-export-in-background t                  ; run export processes in external emacs process
      org-catch-invisible-edits 'smart)           ; try not to accidently do weird stuff in invisible regions

I also like the :comments header-argument, so let’s make that a default.

(setq org-babel-default-header-args '((:session . "none")
                                      (:results . "replace")
                                      (:exports . "code")
                                      (:cache . "no")
                                      (:noweb . "no")
                                      (:hlines . "no")
                                      (:tangle . "no")
                                      (:comments . "link")))

By default, visual-line-mode is turned on, and auto-fill-mode off by a hook. However this messes with tables in Org-mode, and other plaintext files (e.g. markdown, \LaTeX) so I’ll turn it off for this, and manually enable it for more specific modes as desired.

(remove-hook 'text-mode-hook #'visual-line-mode)
(add-hook 'text-mode-hook #'auto-fill-mode) Extra functionality Org buffer creation

Let’s also make creating an org buffer just that little bit easier.

(evil-define-command evil-buffer-org-new (count file)
  "Creates a new ORG buffer replacing the current window, optionally
   editing a certain FILE"
  :repeat nil
  (interactive "P<f>")
  (if file
      (evil-edit file)
    (let ((buffer (generate-new-buffer "*new org*")))
      (set-window-buffer nil buffer)
      (with-current-buffer buffer
(map! :leader
  (:prefix "b"
    :desc "New empty ORG buffer" "o" #'evil-buffer-org-new)) List bullet sequence

I think it makes sense to have list bullets change with depth

(setq org-list-demote-modify-bullet '(("+" . "-") ("-" . "+") ("*" . "+"))) Citation

Occasionally I want to cite something.

(use-package! org-ref
   :after org
    (setq org-ref-completion-library 'org-ref-ivy-cite)) cdlatex

It’s also nice to be able to use cdlatex.

(after! org (add-hook 'org-mode-hook 'turn-on-org-cdlatex))

It’s handy to be able to quickly insert environments with C-c }. I almost always want to edit them afterwards though, so let’s make that happen by default.

(after! org
  (defadvice! org-edit-latex-emv-after-insert ()
    :after #'org-cdlatex-environment-indent

At some point in the future it could be good to investigate splitting org blocks. Likewise this looks good for symbols. Spellcheck

My spelling is atrocious, so let’s get flycheck going.

(after! org (add-hook 'org-mode-hook 'turn-on-flyspell)) LSP support in src blocks

Now, by default, LSPs don’t really function at all in src blocks.

(cl-defmacro lsp-org-babel-enable (lang)
    "Support LANG in org source code block."
    (setq centaur-lsp 'lsp-mode)
    (cl-check-type lang stringp)
    (let* ((edit-pre (intern (format "org-babel-edit-prep:%s" lang)))
           (intern-pre (intern (format "lsp--%s" (symbol-name edit-pre)))))
         (defun ,intern-pre (info)
           (let ((file-name (->> info caddr (alist-get :file))))
             (unless file-name
               (setq file-name (make-temp-file "babel-lsp-")))
             (setq buffer-file-name file-name)
         (put ',intern-pre 'function-documentation
              (format "Enable lsp-mode in the buffer of org source block (%s)."
                      (upcase ,lang)))
         (if (fboundp ',edit-pre)
             (advice-add ',edit-pre :after ',intern-pre)
             (defun ,edit-pre (info)
               (,intern-pre info))
             (put ',edit-pre 'function-documentation
                  (format "Prepare local buffer environment for org source block (%s)."
                          (upcase ,lang))))))))
  (defvar org-babel-lang-list
    '("go" "python" "ipython" "bash" "sh"))
  (dolist (lang org-babel-lang-list)
    (eval `(lsp-org-babel-enable ,lang))) View exported file

'localeader v has no pre-existing binding, so I may as well use it with the same functionality as in LaTeX. Let’s try viewing possible output files with this.

(after! org
  (map! :map org-mode-map
        :desc "View exported file" "v" #'org-view-output-file)

  (defun org-view-output-file (&optional org-file-path)
    "Visit buffer open on the first output file (if any) found, using `org-view-output-file-extensions'"
    (let* ((org-file-path (or org-file-path (buffer-file-name) ""))
           (dir (file-name-directory org-file-path))
           (basename (file-name-base org-file-path))
           (output-file nil))
      (dolist (ext org-view-output-file-extensions)
        (unless output-file
          (when (file-exists-p
                 (concat dir basename "." ext))
                 (setq output-file (concat dir basename "." ext)))))
      (if output-file
        (pop-to-buffer (or (find-buffer-visiting output-file)
                           (find-file-noselect output-file)))
        (message "No exported file found")))))

(defvar org-view-output-file-extensions '("pdf" "md" "rst" "txt" "tex")
  "Search for output files with these extensions, in order, viewing the first that matches") Super agenda
(use-package! org-super-agenda
  :commands (org-super-agenda-mode))
(after! org-agenda

(setq org-agenda-skip-scheduled-if-done t
      org-agenda-skip-deadline-if-done t
      org-agenda-include-deadlines t
      org-agenda-block-separator nil
      org-agenda-tags-column 100 ;; from testing this seems to be a good value
      org-agenda-compact-blocks t)

(setq org-agenda-custom-commands
      '(("o" "Overview"
         ((agenda "" ((org-agenda-span 'day)
                       '((:name "Today"
                                :time-grid t
                                :date today
                                :todo "TODAY"
                                :scheduled today
                                :order 1)))))
          (alltodo "" ((org-agenda-overriding-header "")
                        '((:name "Next to do"
                                 :todo "NEXT"
                                 :order 1)
                          (:name "Important"
                                 :tag "Important"
                                 :priority "A"
                                 :order 6)
                          (:name "Due Today"
                                 :deadline today
                                 :order 2)
                          (:name "Due Soon"
                                 :deadline future
                                 :order 8)
                          (:name "Overdue"
                                 :deadline past
                                 :face error
                                 :order 7)
                          (:name "Assignments"
                                 :tag "Assignment"
                                 :order 10)
                          (:name "Issues"
                                 :tag "Issue"
                                 :order 12)
                          (:name "Emacs"
                                 :tag "Emacs"
                                 :order 13)
                          (:name "Projects"
                                 :tag "Project"
                                 :order 14)
                          (:name "Research"
                                 :tag "Research"
                                 :order 15)
                          (:name "To read"
                                 :tag "Read"
                                 :order 30)
                          (:name "Waiting"
                                 :todo "WAITING"
                                 :order 20)
                          (:name "University"
                                 :tag "uni"
                                 :order 32)
                          (:name "Trivial"
                                 :priority<= "E"
                                 :tag ("Trivial" "Unimportant")
                                 :todo ("SOMEDAY" )
                                 :order 90)
                          (:discard (:tag ("Chore" "Routine" "Daily"))))))))))) Capture

Let’s setup some org-capture templates

(use-package! doct
  :commands (doct))

(after! org-capture
  (defun org-capture-select-template-prettier (&optional keys)
    "Select a capture template, in a prettier way than default
  Lisp programs can force the template by setting KEYS to a string."
    (let ((org-capture-templates
           (or (org-contextualize-keys
                (org-capture-upgrade-templates org-capture-templates)
               '(("t" "Task" entry (file+headline "" "Tasks")
                  "* TODO %?\n  %u\n  %a")))))
      (if keys
          (or (assoc keys org-capture-templates)
              (error "No capture template referred to by \"%s\" keys" keys))
        (org-mks org-capture-templates
                 "Select a capture template\n━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━"
                 "Template key: "
                 `(("q" ,(concat (all-the-icons-octicon "stop" :face 'all-the-icons-red :v-adjust 0.01) "\tAbort")))))))
  (advice-add 'org-capture-select-template :override #'org-capture-select-template-prettier)
  (defun org-mks-pretty (table title &optional prompt specials)
    "Select a member of an alist with multiple keys. Prettified.
  TABLE is the alist which should contain entries where the car is a string.
  There should be two types of entries.
  1. prefix descriptions like (\"a\" \"Description\")
     This indicates that `a' is a prefix key for multi-letter selection, and
     that there are entries following with keys like \"ab\", \"ax\"…
  2. Select-able members must have more than two elements, with the first
     being the string of keys that lead to selecting it, and the second a
     short description string of the item.
  The command will then make a temporary buffer listing all entries
  that can be selected with a single key, and all the single key
  prefixes.  When you press the key for a single-letter entry, it is selected.
  When you press a prefix key, the commands (and maybe further prefixes)
  under this key will be shown and offered for selection.
  TITLE will be placed over the selection in the temporary buffer,
  PROMPT will be used when prompting for a key.  SPECIALS is an
  alist with (\"key\" \"description\") entries.  When one of these
  is selected, only the bare key is returned."
      (let ((inhibit-quit t)
      (buffer (org-switch-to-buffer-other-window "*Org Select*"))
      (prompt (or prompt "Select: "))
      (catch 'exit
        (while t
          (setq-local evil-normal-state-cursor (list nil))
          (insert title "\n\n")
          (let ((des-keys nil)
          (allowed-keys '("\C-g"))
          (tab-alternatives '("\s" "\t" "\r"))
          (cursor-type nil))
      ;; Populate allowed keys and descriptions keys
      ;; available with CURRENT selector.
      (let ((re (format "\\`%s\\(.\\)\\'"
            (if current (regexp-quote current) "")))
            (prefix (if current (concat current " ") "")))
        (dolist (entry table)
          (pcase entry
            ;; Description.
            (`(,(and key (pred (string-match re))) ,desc)
             (let ((k (match-string 1 key)))
         (push k des-keys)
         ;; Keys ending in tab, space or RET are equivalent.
         (if (member k tab-alternatives)
             (push "\t" allowed-keys)
           (push k allowed-keys))
         (insert (propertize prefix 'face 'font-lock-comment-face) (propertize k 'face 'bold) (propertize "›" 'face 'font-lock-comment-face) "  " desc "…" "\n")))
            ;; Usable entry.
            (`(,(and key (pred (string-match re))) ,desc . ,_)
             (let ((k (match-string 1 key)))
         (insert (propertize prefix 'face 'font-lock-comment-face) (propertize k 'face 'bold) "   " desc "\n")
         (push k allowed-keys)))
            (_ nil))))
      ;; Insert special entries, if any.
      (when specials
        (insert "─────────────────────────\n")
        (pcase-dolist (`(,key ,description) specials)
          (insert (format "%s   %s\n" (propertize key 'face '(bold all-the-icons-red)) description))
          (push key allowed-keys)))
      ;; Display UI and let user select an entry or
      ;; a sub-level prefix.
      (goto-char (point-min))
      (unless (pos-visible-in-window-p (point-max))
      (let ((pressed (org--mks-read-key allowed-keys prompt)))
        (setq current (concat current pressed))
         ((equal pressed "\C-g") (user-error "Abort"))
         ;; Selection is a prefix: open a new menu.
         ((member pressed des-keys))
         ;; Selection matches an association: return it.
         ((let ((entry (assoc current table)))
            (and entry (throw 'exit entry))))
         ;; Selection matches a special entry: return the
         ;; selection prefix.
         ((assoc current specials) (throw 'exit current))
         (t (error "No entry available")))))))
    (when buffer (kill-buffer buffer))))))
  (advice-add 'org-mks :override #'org-mks-pretty)
  (setq +org-capture-uni-units (split-string (f-read-text "~/.org/.uni-units")))
  (setq +org-capture-recipies  "~/Desktop/TEC/Organisation/")

  (defun +doct-icon-declaration-to-icon (declaration)
    "Convert :icon declaration to icon"
    (let ((name (pop declaration))
          (set  (intern (concat "all-the-icons-" (plist-get declaration :set))))
          (face (intern (concat "all-the-icons-" (plist-get declaration :color))))
          (v-adjust (or (plist-get declaration :v-adjust) 0.01)))
      (apply set `(,name :face ,face :v-adjust ,v-adjust))))

  (defun +doct-iconify-capture-templates (groups)
    "Add declaration's :icon to each template group in GROUPS."
    (let ((templates (doct-flatten-lists-in groups)))
      (setq doct-templates (mapcar (lambda (template)
                                     (when-let* ((props (nthcdr (if (= (length template) 4) 2 5) template))
                                                 (spec (plist-get (plist-get props :doct) :icon)))
                                       (setf (nth 1 template) (concat (+doct-icon-declaration-to-icon spec)
                                                                      (nth 1 template))))

  (setq doct-after-conversion-functions '(+doct-iconify-capture-templates))

  (add-transient-hook! 'org-capture-select-template
    (setq org-capture-templates
          (doct `(("Personal todo" :keys "t"
                   :icon ("checklist" :set "octicon" :color "green")
                   :file +org-capture-todo-file
                   :prepend t
                   :headline "Inbox"
                   :type entry
                   :template ("* TODO %?"
                              "%i %a")
                  ("Personal note" :keys "n"
                   :icon ("sticky-note-o" :set "faicon" :color "green")
                   :file +org-capture-todo-file
                   :prepend t
                   :headline "Inbox"
                   :type entry
                   :template ("* %?"
                              "%i %a")
                  ("University" :keys "u"
                   :icon ("graduation-cap" :set "faicon" :color "purple")
                   :file +org-capture-todo-file
                   :headline "University"
                   :unit-prompt ,(format "%%^{Unit|%s}" (string-join +org-capture-uni-units "|"))
                   :prepend t
                   :type entry
                   :children (("Test" :keys "t"
                               :icon ("timer" :set "material" :color "red")
                               :template ("* TODO [#C] %{unit-prompt} %? :uni:tests:"
                                          "SCHEDULED: %^{Test date:}T"
                                          "%i %a"))
                              ("Assignment" :keys "a"
                               :icon ("library_books" :set "material" :color "orange")
                               :template ("* TODO [#B] %{unit-prompt} %? :uni:assignments:"
                                          "DEADLINE: %^{Due date:}T"
                                          "%i %a"))
                              ("Lecture" :keys "l"
                               :icon ("keynote" :set "fileicon" :color "orange")
                               :template ("* TODO [#C] %{unit-prompt} %? :uni:lecture:"
                                          "%i %a"))
                              ("Miscellaneous task" :keys "u"
                               :icon ("list" :set "faicon" :color "yellow")
                               :template ("* TODO [#D] %{unit-prompt} %? :uni:"
                                          "%i %a"))))
                  ("Email" :keys "e"
                   :icon ("envelope" :set "faicon" :color "blue")
                   :file +org-capture-todo-file
                   :prepend t
                   :headline "Inbox"
                   :type entry
                   :template ("* TODO %^{type|reply to|contact} %\\3 %? :email:"
                              "Send an email %^{urgancy|soon|ASAP|anon|at some point|eventually} to %^{recipiant}"
                              "about %^{topic}"
                              "%U %i %a"))
                  ("Interesting" :keys "i"
                   :icon ("eye" :set "faicon" :color "lcyan")
                   :file +org-capture-todo-file
                   :prepend t
                   :headline "Interesting"
                   :type entry
                   :template ("* [ ] %{desc}%? :%{i-type}:"
                              "%i %a")
                   :children (("Webpage" :keys "w"
                               :icon ("globe" :set "faicon" :color "green")
                               :desc "%(org-cliplink-capture) "
                               :i-type "read:web"
                              ("Article" :keys "a"
                               :icon ("file-text" :set "octicon" :color "yellow")
                               :desc ""
                               :i-type "read:reaserch"
                              ("\tRecipie" :keys "r"
                               :icon ("spoon" :set "faicon" :color "dorange")
                               :file +org-capture-recipies
                               :headline "Unsorted"
                               :template "%(org-chef-get-recipe-from-url)"
                              ("Information" :keys "i"
                               :icon ("info-circle" :set "faicon" :color "blue")
                               :desc ""
                               :i-type "read:info"
                              ("Idea" :keys "I"
                               :icon ("bubble_chart" :set "material" :color "silver")
                               :desc ""
                               :i-type "idea"
                  ("Tasks" :keys "k"
                   :icon ("inbox" :set "octicon" :color "yellow")
                   :file +org-capture-todo-file
                   :prepend t
                   :headline "Tasks"
                   :type entry
                   :template ("* TODO %? %^G%{extra}"
                              "%i %a")
                   :children (("General Task" :keys "k"
                               :icon ("inbox" :set "octicon" :color "yellow")
                               :extra ""
                              ("Task with deadline" :keys "d"
                               :icon ("timer" :set "material" :color "orange" :v-adjust -0.1)
                               :extra "\nDEADLINE: %^{Deadline:}t"
                              ("Scheduled Task" :keys "s"
                               :icon ("calendar" :set "octicon" :color "orange")
                               :extra "\nSCHEDULED: %^{Start time:}t"
                ("Project" :keys "p"
                 :icon ("repo" :set "octicon" :color "silver")
                   :prepend t
                   :type entry
                   :headline "Inbox"
                   :template ("* %{time-or-todo} %?"
                   :file ""
                   :custom (:time-or-todo "")
                   :children (("Project-local todo" :keys "t"
                               :icon ("checklist" :set "octicon" :color "green")
                               :time-or-todo "TODO"
                               :file +org-capture-project-todo-file)
                              ("Project-local note" :keys "n"
                               :icon ("sticky-note" :set "faicon" :color "yellow")
                               :time-or-todo "%U"
                               :file +org-capture-project-notes-file)
                              ("Project-local changelog" :keys "c"
                               :icon ("list" :set "faicon" :color "blue")
                               :time-or-todo "%U"
                               :heading "Unreleased"
                               :file +org-capture-project-changelog-file))
                  ("\tCentralised project templates"
                   :keys "o"
                   :type entry
                   :prepend t
                   :template ("* %{time-or-todo} %?"
                   :children (("Project todo"
                               :keys "t"
                               :prepend nil
                               :time-or-todo "TODO"
                               :heading "Tasks"
                               :file +org-capture-central-project-todo-file)
                              ("Project note"
                               :keys "n"
                               :time-or-todo "%U"
                               :heading "Notes"
                               :file +org-capture-central-project-notes-file)
                              ("Project changelog"
                               :keys "c"
                               :time-or-todo "%U"
                               :heading "Unreleased"
                               :file +org-capture-central-project-changelog-file))

It would also be nice to improve how the capture dialogue looks

(defun org-capture-select-template-prettier (&optional keys)
  "Select a capture template, in a prettier way than default
Lisp programs can force the template by setting KEYS to a string."
  (let ((org-capture-templates
         (or (org-contextualize-keys
              (org-capture-upgrade-templates org-capture-templates)
             '(("t" "Task" entry (file+headline "" "Tasks")
                "* TODO %?\n  %u\n  %a")))))
    (if keys
        (or (assoc keys org-capture-templates)
            (error "No capture template referred to by \"%s\" keys" keys))
      (org-mks org-capture-templates
               "Select a capture template\n━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━"
               "Template key: "
               `(("q" ,(concat (all-the-icons-octicon "stop" :face 'all-the-icons-red :v-adjust 0.01) "\tAbort")))))))
(advice-add 'org-capture-select-template :override #'org-capture-select-template-prettier)

(defun org-mks-pretty (table title &optional prompt specials)
  "Select a member of an alist with multiple keys. Prettified.

TABLE is the alist which should contain entries where the car is a string.
There should be two types of entries.

1. prefix descriptions like (\"a\" \"Description\")
   This indicates that `a' is a prefix key for multi-letter selection, and
   that there are entries following with keys like \"ab\", \"ax\"…

2. Select-able members must have more than two elements, with the first
   being the string of keys that lead to selecting it, and the second a
   short description string of the item.

The command will then make a temporary buffer listing all entries
that can be selected with a single key, and all the single key
prefixes.  When you press the key for a single-letter entry, it is selected.
When you press a prefix key, the commands (and maybe further prefixes)
under this key will be shown and offered for selection.

TITLE will be placed over the selection in the temporary buffer,
PROMPT will be used when prompting for a key.  SPECIALS is an
alist with (\"key\" \"description\") entries.  When one of these
is selected, only the bare key is returned."
    (let ((inhibit-quit t)
    (buffer (org-switch-to-buffer-other-window "*Org Select*"))
    (prompt (or prompt "Select: "))
    (catch 'exit
      (while t
        (setq-local evil-normal-state-cursor (list nil))
        (insert title "\n\n")
        (let ((des-keys nil)
        (allowed-keys '("\C-g"))
        (tab-alternatives '("\s" "\t" "\r"))
        (cursor-type nil))
    ;; Populate allowed keys and descriptions keys
    ;; available with CURRENT selector.
    (let ((re (format "\\`%s\\(.\\)\\'"
          (if current (regexp-quote current) "")))
          (prefix (if current (concat current " ") "")))
      (dolist (entry table)
        (pcase entry
          ;; Description.
          (`(,(and key (pred (string-match re))) ,desc)
           (let ((k (match-string 1 key)))
       (push k des-keys)
       ;; Keys ending in tab, space or RET are equivalent.
       (if (member k tab-alternatives)
           (push "\t" allowed-keys)
         (push k allowed-keys))
       (insert (propertize prefix 'face 'font-lock-comment-face) (propertize k 'face 'bold) (propertize "›" 'face 'font-lock-comment-face) "  " desc "…" "\n")))
          ;; Usable entry.
          (`(,(and key (pred (string-match re))) ,desc . ,_)
           (let ((k (match-string 1 key)))
       (insert (propertize prefix 'face 'font-lock-comment-face) (propertize k 'face 'bold) "   " desc "\n")
       (push k allowed-keys)))
          (_ nil))))
    ;; Insert special entries, if any.
    (when specials
      (insert "─────────────────────────\n")
      (pcase-dolist (`(,key ,description) specials)
        (insert (format "%s   %s\n" (propertize key 'face '(bold all-the-icons-red)) description))
        (push key allowed-keys)))
    ;; Display UI and let user select an entry or
    ;; a sub-level prefix.
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (unless (pos-visible-in-window-p (point-max))
    (let ((pressed (org--mks-read-key allowed-keys prompt)))
      (setq current (concat current pressed))
       ((equal pressed "\C-g") (user-error "Abort"))
       ;; Selection is a prefix: open a new menu.
       ((member pressed des-keys))
       ;; Selection matches an association: return it.
       ((let ((entry (assoc current table)))
          (and entry (throw 'exit entry))))
       ;; Selection matches a special entry: return the
       ;; selection prefix.
       ((assoc current specials) (throw 'exit current))
       (t (error "No entry available")))))))
  (when buffer (kill-buffer buffer))))))
(advice-add 'org-mks :override #'org-mks-pretty)

The org-capture bin is rather nice, but I’d be nicer with a smaller frame, and no modeline.

(setf (alist-get 'height +org-capture-frame-parameters) 15)
      ;; (alist-get 'name +org-capture-frame-parameters) "❖ Capture") ;; ATM hardcoded in other places, so changing breaks stuff
(setq +org-capture-fn
      (lambda ()
        (set-window-parameter nil 'mode-line-format 'none)
        (org-capture))) Roam Basic settings

I’ll just set this to be within Organisation folder for now, in the future it could be worth seeing if I could hook this up to a Nextcloud instance.

(setq org-roam-directory "~/Desktop/TEC/Organisation/Roam") Registering roam protocol

The recommended method of registering a protocal is by registering a desktop application, which seems reasonable.

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=emacsclient %u

To associate org-protocol:// links with the desktop file,

xdg-mime default org-protocol.desktop x-scheme-handler/org-protocol Graph Behaviour

By default, clicking on an org-protocol:// link messes with the svg view. To fix this we can use an iframe, however that requires shifting to an html file. Hence, we need to do a bit of overriding.

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <title>Roam Graph</title>
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
        <style type="text/css">
         svg {
             position: relative;
             top: 50vh;
             left: 50vw;
             transform: translate(-50%, -50%);

         a > polygon {
             transition-duration: 200ms;
             transition-property: fill;

         a > polyline {
             transition-duration: 400ms;
             transition-property: stroke;

         a:hover > polygon {
             fill: #d4d4d4;
         a:hover > polyline {
             stroke: #888;
        <script type="text/javascript">
         function create_iframe (url) {
             i = document.createElement('iframe');
             i.setAttribute('src', url);
   'display', 'none');
         function listen_on_all_a () {
             document.querySelectorAll("svg a").forEach(elem => {
                 elem.addEventListener('click', (e) => {
    <body onload="listen_on_all_a()">
(after! org-roam
  (setq +org-roam-graph--html-template (replace-regexp-in-string "%\\([^s]\\)" "%%\\1" (f-read-text (concat doom-private-dir "misc/org-roam-template.html"))))

  (defadvice! +org-roam-graph--build-html (&optional node-query)
    "Generate a graph showing the relations between nodes in NODE-QUERY. HTML style."
    :override #'org-roam-graph--build
    (unless org-roam-graph-executable
      (user-error "Can't find %s executable.  Please check if it is in your path"
    (let* ((node-query (or node-query
                           `[:select [file titles]
                                     :from titles
                                     ,@(org-roam-graph--expand-matcher 'file t)]))
           (graph      (org-roam-graph--dot node-query))
           (temp-dot   (make-temp-file "graph." nil ".dot" graph))
           (temp-graph (make-temp-file "graph." nil ".svg"))
           (temp-html  (make-temp-file "graph." nil ".html")))
      (call-process org-roam-graph-executable nil 0 nil
                    temp-dot "-Tsvg" "-o" temp-graph)
      (sleep-for 0.1)
      (write-region (format +org-roam-graph--html-template (f-read-text temp-graph)) nil temp-html)
      temp-html))) Modeline file name

All those numbers! It’s messy. Let’s adjust this in a similar way that I have in theWindow title.

(defadvice! doom-modeline--reformat-roam (orig-fun)
  :around #'doom-modeline-buffer-file-name
  (message "Reformat?")
  (message (buffer-file-name))
  (if (s-contains-p org-roam-directory (or buffer-file-name ""))
       "🢔(\\1-\\2-\\3) "
       (funcall orig-fun))
    (funcall orig-fun))) Nicer generated heading IDs

Thanks to alphapapa’s unpackaged.el. By default, url-hexify-string seemed to cause me some issues. Replacing that in a53899 resolved this for me. To go one step further, I create a function for producing nice short links, like an inferior version of reftex-label.

(defvar org-heading-contraction-max-words 3
  "Maximum number of words in a heading")
(defvar org-heading-contraction-max-length 35
  "Maximum length of resulting string")
(defvar org-heading-contraction-stripped-words
  '("the" "on" "in" "off" "a" "for" "by" "of" "and" "is" "to")
  "Unnecesary words to be removed from a heading")

(defun org-heading-contraction (heading-string)
  "Get a contracted form of HEADING-STRING that is onlu contains alphanumeric charachters.
Strips 'joining' words in `org-heading-contraction-stripped-words',
and then limits the result to the first `org-heading-contraction-max-words' words.
If the total length is > `org-heading-contraction-max-length' then individual words are
truncated to fit within the limit"
  (let ((heading-words
         (-filter (lambda (word)
                    (not (member word org-heading-contraction-stripped-words)))
                   (->> heading-string
                        (replace-regexp-in-string "\\[\\[[^]]+\\]\\[\\([^]]+\\)\\]\\]" "\\1") ; get description from org-link
                        (replace-regexp-in-string "[-/ ]+" " ") ; replace seperator-type chars with space
                        (replace-regexp-in-string "[^a-z0-9 ]" "") ; strip chars which need %-encoding in a uri
                        ) " "))))
    (when (> (length heading-words)
      (setq heading-words
            (subseq heading-words 0 org-heading-contraction-max-words)))

    (when (> (+ (-sum (mapcar #'length heading-words))
                (1- (length heading-words)))
      ;; trucate each word to a max word length determined by
      ;;   max length = \floor{ \frac{total length - chars for seperators - \sum_{word \leq average length} length(word) }{num(words) > average length} }
      (setq heading-words (let* ((total-length-budget (- org-heading-contraction-max-length  ; how many non-separator chars we can use
                                                         (1- (length heading-words))))
                                 (word-length-budget (/ total-length-budget                  ; max length of each word to keep within budget
                                 (num-overlong (-count (lambda (word)                             ; how many words exceed that budget
                                                         (> (length word) word-length-budget))
                                 (total-short-length (-sum (mapcar (lambda (word)                 ; total length of words under that budget
                                                                     (if (<= (length word) word-length-budget)
                                                                         (length word) 0))
                                 (max-length (/ (- total-length-budget total-short-length)   ; max(max-length) that we can have to fit within the budget
                            (mapcar (lambda (word)
                                      (if (<= (length word) max-length)
                                        (substring word 0 max-length)))
    (string-join heading-words "-")))

Now here’s alphapapa’s subtley tweaked mode.

(define-minor-mode unpackaged/org-export-html-with-useful-ids-mode
  "Attempt to export Org as HTML with useful link IDs.
Instead of random IDs like \"#orga1b2c3\", use heading titles,
made unique when necessary."
  :global t
  (if unpackaged/org-export-html-with-useful-ids-mode
      (advice-add #'org-export-get-reference :override #'unpackaged/org-export-get-reference)
    (advice-remove #'org-export-get-reference #'unpackaged/org-export-get-reference)))

(defun unpackaged/org-export-get-reference (datum info)
  "Like `org-export-get-reference', except uses heading titles instead of random numbers."
  (let ((cache (plist-get info :internal-references)))
    (or (car (rassq datum cache))
        (let* ((crossrefs (plist-get info :crossrefs))
               (cells (org-export-search-cells datum))
               ;; Preserve any pre-existing association between
               ;; a search cell and a reference, i.e., when some
               ;; previously published document referenced a location
               ;; within current file (see
               ;; `org-publish-resolve-external-link').
               ;; However, there is no guarantee that search cells are
               ;; unique, e.g., there might be duplicate custom ID or
               ;; two headings with the same title in the file.
               ;; As a consequence, before re-using any reference to
               ;; an element or object, we check that it doesn't refer
               ;; to a previous element or object.
               (new (or (cl-some
                         (lambda (cell)
                           (let ((stored (cdr (assoc cell crossrefs))))
                             (when stored
                               (let ((old (org-export-format-reference stored)))
                                 (and (not (assoc old cache)) stored)))))
                        (when (org-element-property :raw-value datum)
                          ;; Heading with a title
                          (unpackaged/org-export-new-title-reference datum cache))
                        ;; NOTE: This probably breaks some Org Export
                        ;; feature, but if it does what I need, fine.
                         (org-export-new-reference cache))))
               (reference-string new))
          ;; Cache contains both data already associated to
          ;; a reference and in-use internal references, so as to make
          ;; unique references.
          (dolist (cell cells) (push (cons cell new) cache))
          ;; Retain a direct association between reference string and
          ;; DATUM since (1) not every object or element can be given
          ;; a search cell (2) it permits quick lookup.
          (push (cons reference-string datum) cache)
          (plist-put info :internal-references cache)

(defun unpackaged/org-export-new-title-reference (datum cache)
  "Return new reference for DATUM that is unique in CACHE."
  (cl-macrolet ((inc-suffixf (place)
                                (string-match (rx bos
                                                  (minimal-match (group (1+ anything)))
                                                  (optional "--" (group (1+ digit)))
                                ;; HACK: `s1' instead of a gensym.
                                (-let* (((s1 suffix) (list (match-string 1 ,place)
                                                           (match-string 2 ,place)))
                                        (suffix (if suffix
                                                    (string-to-number suffix)
                                  (setf ,place (format "%s--%s" s1 (cl-incf suffix)))))))
    (let* ((title (org-element-property :raw-value datum))
           ;; get ascii-only form of title without needing percent-encoding
           (ref (org-heading-contraction (substring-no-properties title)))
           (parent (org-element-property :parent datum)))
      (while (--any (equal ref (car it))
        ;; Title not unique: make it so.
        (if parent
            ;; Append ancestor title.
            (setf title (concat (org-element-property :raw-value parent)
                                "--" title)
                  ;; get ascii-only form of title without needing percent-encoding
                  ref (org-heading-contraction (substring-no-properties title))
                  parent (org-element-property :parent parent))
          ;; No more ancestors: add and increment a number.
          (inc-suffixf ref)))

(add-hook 'org-load-hook #'unpackaged/org-export-html-with-useful-ids-mode) Nicer org-return

Once again, from unpackaged.el

(after! org
  (defun unpackaged/org-element-descendant-of (type element)
    "Return non-nil if ELEMENT is a descendant of TYPE.
TYPE should be an element type, like `item' or `paragraph'.
ELEMENT should be a list like that returned by `org-element-context'."
    ;; MAYBE: Use `org-element-lineage'.
    (when-let* ((parent (org-element-property :parent element)))
      (or (eq type (car parent))
          (unpackaged/org-element-descendant-of type parent))))

  (defun unpackaged/org-return-dwim (&optional default)
    "A helpful replacement for `org-return-indent'.  With prefix, call `org-return-indent'.

On headings, move point to position after entry content.  In
lists, insert a new item or end the list, with checkbox if
appropriate.  In tables, insert a new row or end the table."
    ;; Inspired by John Kitchin:
    (interactive "P")
    (if default
        (org-return t)
       ;; Act depending on context around point.

       ;; NOTE: I prefer RET to not follow links, but by uncommenting this block, links will be
       ;; followed.

       ;; ((eq 'link (car (org-element-context)))
       ;;  ;; Link: Open it.
       ;;  (org-open-at-point-global))

        ;; Heading: Move to position after entry content.
        ;; NOTE: This is probably the most interesting feature of this function.
        (let ((heading-start (org-entry-beginning-position)))
          (goto-char (org-entry-end-position))
          (cond ((and (org-at-heading-p)
                      (= heading-start (org-entry-beginning-position)))
                 ;; Entry ends on its heading; add newline after
                 (insert "\n\n"))
                 ;; Entry ends after its heading; back up
                 (forward-line -1)
                 (when (org-at-heading-p)
                   ;; At the same heading
                   (insert "\n")
                   (forward-line -1))
                 ;; FIXME: looking-back is supposed to be called with more arguments.
                 (while (not (looking-back (rx (repeat 3 (seq (optional blank) "\n")))))
                   (insert "\n"))
                 (forward-line -1)))))

        ;; Checkbox: Insert new item with checkbox.
        (org-insert-todo-heading nil))

        ;; Plain list.  Yes, this gets a little complicated...
        (let ((context (org-element-context)))
          (if (or (eq 'plain-list (car context))  ; First item in list
                  (and (eq 'item (car context))
                       (not (eq (org-element-property :contents-begin context)
                                (org-element-property :contents-end context))))
                  (unpackaged/org-element-descendant-of 'item context))  ; Element in list item, e.g. a link
              ;; Non-empty item: Add new item.
            ;; Empty item: Close the list.
            ;; TODO: Do this with org functions rather than operating on the text. Can't seem to find the right function.
            (delete-region (line-beginning-position) (line-end-position))
            (insert "\n"))))

       ((when (fboundp 'org-inlinetask-in-task-p)
        ;; Inline task: Don't insert a new heading.
        (org-return t))

        (cond ((save-excursion
                 ;; See `org-table-next-field'.
                 (cl-loop with end = (line-end-position)
                          for cell = (org-element-table-cell-parser)
                          always (equal (org-element-property :contents-begin cell)
                                        (org-element-property :contents-end cell))
                          while (re-search-forward "|" end t)))
               ;; Empty row: end the table.
               (delete-region (line-beginning-position) (line-end-position))
               (org-return t))
               ;; Non-empty row: call `org-return-indent'.
               (org-return t))))
        ;; All other cases: call `org-return-indent'.
        (org-return t)))))
  (advice-add #'org-return-indent :override #'unpackaged/org-return-dwim)) Org Plot

There are two main bits of extra functionality I wan to add

  • the ability to transpose tables (internally)
  • a radar type

To accomplish this, overriding the org-plot/gnuplot function seems to be the clear way. I tried this, and overrode so much that it seemed to make sense just to modify org-plot.el instead, as it was only ~350 lines and I functions that encompassed most of that line count.

Given that my org-plot.el is now ~700 lines, this seems to have been a good call.

For transposition, I’ve added the following (equivalent) keys

  • [transpose|t]
  • t

When set to yes, y, or t the table is internally transposed (i.e. the elisp data form of the table only).

The radar chart is a lot more involved, and I’ve added the following keys

  • type:radar This uses the radar template, the result of which can be seen in
  • [min|ymin]:0..n This sets the start value of every axis.
  • [max|ymax]:0..n This sets the end value of every axis. If both ymin and ymax are set, only the first axis gets tick labels.
  • ticks:0..n This sets the number of ticks. Only works for \(n>2\), or \(n=0\) in which case no ticks are shown.

5.2.3 Visuals

Here I try to do two things: improve the styling of the various documents, via font changes etc, and also propagate colours from the current theme.

Color Models In editor Font Display

Mixed pitch is great. As is +org-pretty-mode, let’s use them.

(add-hook! 'org-mode-hook #'+org-pretty-mode #'mixed-pitch-mode)

Earlier I loaded the org-pretty-table package, let’s enable it everywhere!

(setq global-org-pretty-table-mode t)

Let’s make headings a bit bigger

  '(outline-1 :weight extra-bold :height 1.25)
  '(outline-2 :weight bold :height 1.15)
  '(outline-3 :weight bold :height 1.12)
  '(outline-4 :weight semi-bold :height 1.09)
  '(outline-5 :weight semi-bold :height 1.06)
  '(outline-6 :weight semi-bold :height 1.03)
  '(outline-8 :weight semi-bold)
  '(outline-9 :weight semi-bold)) Symbols

It’s also nice to change the character used for collapsed items (by default ), I think is better for indicating ’collapsed section’. and add an extra org-bullet to the default list of four. I’ve also added some fun alternatives, just commented out.

;; (after! org
;;   (use-package org-pretty-tags
;;   :config
;;    (setq org-pretty-tags-surrogate-strings
;;          `(("uni"        . ,(all-the-icons-faicon   "graduation-cap" :face 'all-the-icons-purple  :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("ucc"        . ,(all-the-icons-material "computer"       :face 'all-the-icons-silver  :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("assignment" . ,(all-the-icons-material "library_books"  :face 'all-the-icons-orange  :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("test"       . ,(all-the-icons-material "timer"          :face 'all-the-icons-red     :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("lecture"    . ,(all-the-icons-fileicon "keynote"        :face 'all-the-icons-orange  :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("email"      . ,(all-the-icons-faicon   "envelope"       :face 'all-the-icons-blue    :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("read"       . ,(all-the-icons-octicon  "book"           :face 'all-the-icons-lblue   :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("article"    . ,(all-the-icons-octicon  "file-text"      :face 'all-the-icons-yellow  :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("web"        . ,(all-the-icons-faicon   "globe"          :face 'all-the-icons-green   :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("info"       . ,(all-the-icons-faicon   "info-circle"    :face 'all-the-icons-blue    :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("issue"      . ,(all-the-icons-faicon   "bug"            :face 'all-the-icons-red     :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("someday"    . ,(all-the-icons-faicon   "calendar-o"     :face 'all-the-icons-cyan    :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("idea"       . ,(all-the-icons-octicon  "light-bulb"     :face 'all-the-icons-yellow  :v-adjust 0.01))
;;            ("emacs"      . ,(all-the-icons-fileicon "emacs"          :face 'all-the-icons-lpurple :v-adjust 0.01))))
;;    (org-pretty-tags-global-mode)))

(after! org-superstar
  (setq org-superstar-headline-bullets-list '("◉" "○" "✸" "✿" "✤" "✜" "◆" "▶")
        ;; org-superstar-headline-bullets-list '("Ⅰ" "Ⅱ" "Ⅲ" "Ⅳ" "Ⅴ" "Ⅵ" "Ⅶ" "Ⅷ" "Ⅸ" "Ⅹ")
        org-superstar-prettify-item-bullets t ))
(after! org
  (setq org-ellipsis " ▾ "
        org-priority-highest ?A
        org-priority-lowest ?E
        '((?A . 'all-the-icons-red)
          (?B . 'all-the-icons-orange)
          (?C . 'all-the-icons-yellow)
          (?D . 'all-the-icons-green)
          (?E . 'all-the-icons-blue))))

It’s also nice to make use of the Unicode characters for check boxes, and other commands.

(after! org
  (appendq! +pretty-code-symbols
            `(:checkbox      "☐"
              :pending       "◼"
              :checkedbox    "☑"
              :list_property "∷"
              :results       "🠶"
              :property      "☸"
              :properties    "⚙"
              :end           "∎"
              :options       "⌥"
              :title         "𝙏"
              :author        "𝘼"
              :date          "𝘿"
              :latex_header  "⇥"
              :latex_class   "🄲"
              :begin_quote   "❮"
              :end_quote     "❯"
              :begin_export  "⯮"
              :end_export    "⯬"
              :priority_a   ,(propertize "⚑" 'face 'all-the-icons-red)
              :priority_b   ,(propertize "⬆" 'face 'all-the-icons-orange)
              :priority_c   ,(propertize "■" 'face 'all-the-icons-yellow)
              :priority_d   ,(propertize "⬇" 'face 'all-the-icons-green)
              :priority_e   ,(propertize "❓" 'face 'all-the-icons-blue)
              :em_dash       "—"))
  (set-pretty-symbols! 'org-mode
    :merge t
    :checkbox      "[ ]"
    :pending       "[-]"
    :checkedbox    "[X]"
    :list_property "::"
    :results       "#+RESULTS:"
    :property      "#+PROPERTY:"
    :property      ":PROPERTIES:"
    :end           ":END:"
    :options       "#+OPTIONS:"
    :title         "#+TITLE:"
    :author        "#+AUTHOR:"
    :date          "#+DATE:"
    :latex_class   "#+LATEX_CLASS:"
    :latex_header  "#+LATEX_HEADER:"
    :begin_quote   "#+BEGIN_QUOTE"
    :end_quote     "#+END_QUOTE"
    :begin_export  "#+BEGIN_EXPORT"
    :end_export    "#+END_EXPORT"
    :priority_a    "[#A]"
    :priority_b    "[#B]"
    :priority_c    "[#C]"
    :priority_d    "[#D]"
    :priority_e    "[#E]"
    :em_dash       "---"))
(plist-put +pretty-code-symbols :name "⁍") ; or › could be good?

We also like org-fragtog, and that wants a hook.

(add-hook 'org-mode-hook 'org-fragtog-mode) LaTeX Fragments

First off, we want those fragments to look good.

(after! org
  (setq org-highlight-latex-and-related '(native script entities)))

It’s nice to customise the look of LaTeX fragments so they fit better in the text — like this \(\sqrt{\beta^2+3}-\sum_{\phi=1}^\infty \frac{x^\phi-1}{\Gamma(a)}\). Let’s start by adding a sans font.

(setq org-format-latex-header "\\documentclass{article}



\\pagestyle{empty}             % do not remove
% The settings below are copied from fullpage.sty
% my custom stuff

We can either render from a dvi or pdf file, so let’s benchmark latex and pdflatex.

latex time pdflatex time
135±2 ms 215±3 ms

On the rendering side, there are two .dvi-to-image converters which I am interested in: dvipng and dvisvgm. Then with the a .pdf we have pdf2svg. For inline preview we care about speed, while for exporting we care about file size and prefer a vector graphic.

Using the above latex expression and benchmarking lead to the following results:

dvipng time dvisvgm time pdf2svg time
89±2 ms 178±2 ms 12±2 ms

Now let’s combine this to see what’s best

Tool chain Total time Resultant file size
latex + dvipng 226±2 ms 7 KiB
latex + dvisvgm 392±4 ms 8 KiB
pdflatex + pdf2svg 230±2 ms 16 KiB

So, let’s use dvipng for previewing LaTeX fragments in-Emacs, but dvisvgm for LaTeX Rendering. Unfortunately: it seems that svg sizing is annoying ATM, so let’s actually not do this right now.

As well as having a sans font, there are a few other tweaks which can make them look better. Namely making sure that the colours switch when the theme does.

(after! org
;; make background of fragments transparent
;; (let ((dvipng--plist (alist-get 'dvipng org-preview-latex-process-alist)))
;;   (plist-put dvipng--plist :use-xcolor t)
;;   (plist-put dvipng--plist :image-converter '("dvipng -D %D -bg 'transparent' -T tight -o %O %f")))
  (add-hook! 'doom-load-theme-hook
    (defun +org-refresh-latex-background ()
      (plist-put! org-format-latex-options
                  (face-attribute (or (cadr (assq 'default face-remapping-alist))
                                  :background nil t))))

It’d be nice to make mhchem equations able to be rendered. NB: This doesn’t work at the moment.

(after! org
  (add-to-list 'org-latex-regexps '("\\ce" "^\\\\ce{\\(?:[^\000{}]\\|{[^\000}]+?}\\)}" 0 nil))) Stolen from scimax (semi-working right now)

I want fragment justification

(after! org
  (defun scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify (justification)
    "Justify the latex fragment at point with JUSTIFICATION.
JUSTIFICATION is a symbol for 'left, 'center or 'right."
     (list (intern-soft
            (completing-read "Justification (left): " '(left center right)
                             nil t nil nil 'left))))
    (let* ((ov (ov-at))
           (beg (ov-beg ov))
           (end (ov-end ov))
           (shift (- beg (line-beginning-position)))
           (img (overlay-get ov 'display))
           (img (and (and img (consp img) (eq (car img) 'image)
                          (image-type-available-p (plist-get (cdr img) :type)))
           space-left offset)
      (when (and img
                 ;; This means the equation is at the start of the line
                 (= beg (line-beginning-position))
                  (string= "" (s-trim (buffer-substring end (line-end-position))))
                  (eq 'latex-environment (car (org-element-context)))))
        (setq space-left (- (window-max-chars-per-line) (car (image-size img)))
              offset (floor (cond
                             ((eq justification 'center)
                              (- (/ space-left 2) shift))
                             ((eq justification 'right)
                              (- space-left shift))
        (when (>= offset 0)
          (overlay-put ov 'before-string (make-string offset ?\ ))))))

  (defun scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify-advice (beg end image imagetype)
    "After advice function to justify fragments."
    (scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify (or (plist-get org-format-latex-options :justify) 'left)))

  (defun scimax-toggle-latex-fragment-justification ()
    "Toggle if LaTeX fragment justification options can be used."
    (if (not (get 'scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify-advice 'enabled))
          (advice-add 'org--format-latex-make-overlay :after 'scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify-advice)
          (put 'scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify-advice 'enabled t)
          (message "Latex fragment justification enabled"))
      (advice-remove 'org--format-latex-make-overlay 'scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify-advice)
      (put 'scimax-org-latex-fragment-justify-advice 'enabled nil)
      (message "Latex fragment justification disabled"))))

There’s also this lovely equation numbering stuff I’ll nick

;; Numbered equations all have (1) as the number for fragments with vanilla
;; org-mode. This code injects the correct numbers into the previews so they
;; look good.
(after! org
  (defun scimax-org-renumber-environment (orig-func &rest args)
    "A function to inject numbers in LaTeX fragment previews."
    (let ((results '())
          (counter -1)
      (setq results (loop for (begin .  env) in
                          (org-element-map (org-element-parse-buffer) 'latex-environment
                            (lambda (env)
                               (org-element-property :begin env)
                               (org-element-property :value env))))
                           ((and (string-match "\\\\begin{equation}" env)
                                 (not (string-match "\\\\tag{" env)))
                            (incf counter)
                            (cons begin counter))
                           ((string-match "\\\\begin{align}" env)
                                (incf counter)
                                (cons begin counter)
                                (insert env)
                                (goto-char (point-min))
                                ;; \\ is used for a new line. Each one leads to a number
                                (incf counter (count-matches "\\\\$"))
                                ;; unless there are nonumbers.
                                (goto-char (point-min))
                                (decf counter (count-matches "\\nonumber")))))
                            (cons begin nil)))))

      (when (setq numberp (cdr (assoc (point) results)))
        (setf (car args)
               (format "\\setcounter{equation}{%s}\n" numberp)
               (car args)))))

    (apply orig-func args))

  (defun scimax-toggle-latex-equation-numbering ()
    "Toggle whether LaTeX fragments are numbered."
    (if (not (get 'scimax-org-renumber-environment 'enabled))
          (advice-add 'org-create-formula-image :around #'scimax-org-renumber-environment)
          (put 'scimax-org-renumber-environment 'enabled t)
          (message "Latex numbering enabled"))
      (advice-remove 'org-create-formula-image #'scimax-org-renumber-environment)
      (put 'scimax-org-renumber-environment 'enabled nil)
      (message "Latex numbering disabled.")))

  (advice-add 'org-create-formula-image :around #'scimax-org-renumber-environment)
  (put 'scimax-org-renumber-environment 'enabled t)) Exporting (general)
(after! org (setq org-export-headline-levels 5)) ; I like nesting

I’m also going to make use of an item in ox-extra so that I can add an :ignore: tag to headings for the content to be kept, but the heading itself ignored (unlike :noexport: which ignored both heading and content). This is useful when I want to use headings to provide a structure for writing that doesn’t appear in the final documents.

(after! org
  (require 'ox-extra)
  (ox-extras-activate '(ignore-headlines))) Exporting to HTML Custom CSS/JS

There is a fantastic exporter config (fniessen/org-html-themes) which we can setup to be used with all our org files. Since most of the syntax highlighting colours from our gets used, we benefit from customising the code block style.

We also want to make the background and foreground colours of the <pre> blocks match out theme (they don’t by default), so I scraped some code from emacs.stackexchange.

(after! org
(defun my-org-inline-css-hook (exporter)
  "Insert custom inline css to automatically set the
   background of code to whatever theme I'm using's background"
  (when (eq exporter 'html)
      (if (s-contains-p "<!––tec/custom-head-start-->" org-html-head-extra)
          (s-replace-regexp "<!––tec\\/custom-head-start-->[^🙜]*<!––tec\\/custom-head-end-->" "" org-html-head-extra)
      (format "<style type=\"text/css\">
   :root {
      --theme-bg: %s;
      --theme-bg-alt: %s;
      --theme-base0: %s;
      --theme-base1: %s;
      --theme-base2: %s;
      --theme-base3: %s;
      --theme-base4: %s;
      --theme-base5: %s;
      --theme-base6: %s;
      --theme-base7: %s;
      --theme-base8: %s;
      --theme-fg: %s;
      --theme-fg-alt: %s;
      --theme-grey: %s;
      --theme-red: %s;
      --theme-orange: %s;
      --theme-green: %s;
      --theme-teal: %s;
      --theme-yellow: %s;
      --theme-blue: %s;
      --theme-dark-blue: %s;
      --theme-magenta: %s;
      --theme-violet: %s;
      --theme-cyan: %s;
      --theme-dark-cyan: %s;
              (doom-color 'bg)
              (doom-color 'bg-alt)
              (doom-color 'base0)
              (doom-color 'base1)
              (doom-color 'base2)
              (doom-color 'base3)
              (doom-color 'base4)
              (doom-color 'base5)
              (doom-color 'base6)
              (doom-color 'base7)
              (doom-color 'base8)
              (doom-color 'fg)
              (doom-color 'fg-alt)
              (doom-color 'grey)
              (doom-color 'red)
              (doom-color 'orange)
              (doom-color 'green)
              (doom-color 'teal)
              (doom-color 'yellow)
              (doom-color 'blue)
              (doom-color 'dark-blue)
              (doom-color 'magenta)
              (doom-color 'violet)
              (doom-color 'cyan)
              (doom-color 'dark-cyan))
      (if org-msg-currently-exporting ""
<link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href=''/>
<link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href=''/>

<script src=''></script>
<script src=''></script>
<script type='text/javascript' src=''></script>
<script type='text/javascript' src=''></script>

 pre.src {
     background-color: var(--theme-bg);
     color: var(--theme-fg);
     scrollbar-width: thin;
     margin: 0;
     border: none;
 } {
     border-radius: 12px;
     overflow: hidden;
     margin-bottom: 24px;
     margin-top: 1px;
     border: 1px solid#e1e4e5;
 pre.src::before {
     top: 8px;
     border: none;
     border-radius: 5px;
     line-height: 1;
     border: 2px solid var(--theme-bg);
     opacity: 0;
     transition: opacity 200ms;
 pre.src:hover::before { opacity: 1; }
 pre.src:active::before { opacity: 0; }

 pre.example {
     border-radius: 12px;
     background: var(--theme-bg-alt);
     color: var(--theme-fg);

 code {
     border-radius: 5px;
     font-size: 80%;

 kbd {
     display: inline-block;
     padding: 3px 5px;
     font: 80% SFMono-Regular,Consolas,Liberation Mono,Menlo,monospace;
     line-height: normal;
     line-height: 10px;
     vertical-align: middle;
     border: 1px solid#d1d5da;
     border-radius: 3px;
     box-shadow: inset 0 -1px 0#d1d5da;

 table {
     max-width: 100%;
     overflow-x: auto;
     display: block;
     border-top: none;

 a:not([aria-hidden='true']) {
     text-decoration: none;
     background-image: linear-gradient(#d8dce9, #d8dce9);
     background-position: 0% 100%;
     background-repeat: no-repeat;
     background-size: 0% 2px;
     transition: background-size .3s;
 \#table-of-contents a {
     background-image: none;
 a:focus:not([aria-hidden='true']) {
     background-size: 100% 2px;
 a[href^='#'] { font-variant-numeric: oldstyle-nums; }
 a[href^='#']:visited { color:#3091d1; }

 li .checkbox {
     display: inline-block;
     width: 0.9em;
     height: 0.9em;
     border-radius: 3px;
     margin: 3px;
     top: 4px;
     position: relative;
 li.on > .checkbox { background: var(--theme-green); box-shadow: 0 0 2px var(--theme-green); }
 li.trans > .checkbox { background: var(--theme-orange); box-shadow: 0 0 2px var(--theme-orange); } > .checkbox { background: var(--theme-red); box-shadow: 0 0 2px var(--theme-red); }
 li.on > .checkbox::after {
     content: '';
     height: 0.45em;
     width: 0.225em;
     -webkit-transform-origin: left top;
     transform-origin: left top;
     transform: scaleX(-1) rotate(135deg);
     border-right: 2.8px solid#fff;
     border-top: 2.8px solid#fff;
     opacity: 0.9;
     left: 0.10em;
     top: 0.45em;
     position: absolute;
 li.trans > .checkbox::after {
     content: '';
     font-weight: bold;
     font-size: 1.6em;
     position: absolute;
     top: 0.23em;
     left: 0.09em;
     width: 0.35em;
     height: 0.12em;
     opacity: 0.9;
     border-radius: 0.1em;
 } > .checkbox::after {
     content: '✖';
     opacity: 0.9;
     position: relative;
     top: -0.40rem;
     left: 0.17em;
     font-size: 0.75em;

 span.timestamp {
     color: #003280;
     background: #647CFF44;
     border-radius: 3px;
     line-height: 1.25;

 \#content img {
     border-radius: 3px;

 \#table-of-contents { overflow-y: auto; }
 blockquote p { margin: 8px 0px 16px 0px; }
 \#postamble .date { color: var(--theme-green); }

 ::-webkit-scrollbar { width: 10px; height: 8px; }
 ::-webkit-scrollbar-track { background:#9992; }
 ::-webkit-scrollbar-thumb { background:#ccc; border-radius: 10px; }
 ::-webkit-scrollbar-thumb:hover { background:#888; }

 /* sometimes this all-important space seems to go missing
 /so let's protect against that. If it's exteranious it's
 /just gobbled anyway. */
 span.section-number-6:after {
     content: ' '

 /* so the bounding box coveres the <a> */
 h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6 {
     padding-left: 30px;
     margin-left: -30px;

 h1 > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h2 > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h3 > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h4 > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h5 > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h6 > a[aria-hidden='true'] {
     color: #6a737d;
     float: left;
     padding-right: 4px;
     margin-left: -25px;
     position: relative;
     top: 7px;
     line-height: 1;
     font-size: 70%;
     visibility: hidden;

 h1:hover > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h2:hover > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h3:hover > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h4:hover > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h5:hover > a[aria-hidden='true'],
 h6:hover > a[aria-hidden='true'] {
     visibility: visible;

(add-hook 'org-export-before-processing-hook 'my-org-inline-css-hook)) Make verbatim different to code

Since we have verbatim and code, let’s use verbatim for key strokes.

(setq org-html-text-markup-alist
      '((bold . "<b>%s</b>")
        (code . "<code>%s</code>")
        (italic . "<i>%s</i>")
        (strike-through . "<del>%s</del>")
        (underline . "<span class=\"underline\">%s</span>")
        (verbatim . "<kbd>%s</kbd>"))) Change checkbox type

We also want to use HTML checkboxes, however we want to get a bit fancier than default

(after! org
(appendq! org-html-checkbox-types '((html-span .
    ((on . "<span class='checkbox'></span>")
    (off . "<span class='checkbox'></span>")
    (trans . "<span class='checkbox'></span>")))))
(setq org-html-checkbox-type 'html-span))
  • I’m yet to do this
  • Work in progress
  • This is done Header anchors

I want to add github-style links on hover for headings.

(after! org
  (defun tec/org-export-html-headline-anchor (text backend info)
    (when (org-export-derived-backend-p backend 'html)
      (unless org-msg-currently-exporting
         "<h\\([0-9]\\) id=\"\\([a-z0-9-]+\\)\">" ; this is quite restrictive, but due to `org-heading-contraction' I can do this
         "<h\\1 id=\"\\2\">\
 <a class=\"anchor\" aria-hidden=\"true\" href=\"#\\2\">🔗</a>"

  (add-to-list 'org-export-filter-headline-functions

It’s worth noting that org-msg-currently-exporting is defined in Org Msg. LaTeX Rendering

When displaying images, we want to resize by the reciprocal of preview-scale. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen by default, but not to worry! Advice exists.

(after! org
(defadvice! org-html-latex-fragment-scaled (latex-fragment _contents info)
  "Transcode a LATEX-FRAGMENT object from Org to HTML.
CONTENTS is nil.  INFO is a plist holding contextual information."
  :override #'org-html-latex-fragment
  (let ((latex-frag (org-element-property :value latex-fragment))
        (processing-type (plist-get info :with-latex))
        (attrs '(:class "latex-fragment")))
    (when (eq processing-type 'dvipng)
      (plist-put attrs :style (format "transform: scale(%.3f)" (/ 1.0 preview-scale))))
     ((memq processing-type '(t mathjax))
      (org-html-format-latex latex-frag 'mathjax info))
     ((memq processing-type '(t html))
      (org-html-format-latex latex-frag 'html info))
     ((assq processing-type org-preview-latex-process-alist)
      (let ((formula-link
             (org-html-format-latex latex-frag processing-type info)))
        (when (and formula-link (string-match "file:\\([^]]*\\)" formula-link))
          (let ((source (org-export-file-uri (match-string 1 formula-link))))
            (org-html--format-image source attrs info)))))
     (t latex-frag))))

(defadvice! org-html-latex-environment-scaled (latex-environment _contents info)
  "Transcode a LATEX-ENVIRONMENT element from Org to HTML.
CONTENTS is nil.  INFO is a plist holding contextual information."
  :override #'org-html-latex-environment
  (let ((processing-type (plist-get info :with-latex))
        (latex-frag (org-remove-indentation
                     (org-element-property :value latex-environment)))
        (attributes (org-export-read-attribute :attr_html latex-environment))
        (label (and (org-element-property :name latex-environment)
                    (org-export-get-reference latex-environment info)))
        (caption (and (org-html--latex-environment-numbered-p latex-environment)
                        latex-environment info nil
                        (lambda (l _)
                          (and (org-html--math-environment-p l)
                               (org-html--latex-environment-numbered-p l))))))))
    (plist-put attributes :class "latex-environment")
    (when (eq processing-type 'dvipng)
      (plist-put attributes :style (format "transform: scale(%.3f)" (/ 1.0 preview-scale))))
     ((memq processing-type '(t mathjax))
       (if (org-string-nw-p label)
     (replace-regexp-in-string "\\`.*"
             (format "\\&\n\\\\label{%s}" label)
       'mathjax info))
     ((assq processing-type org-preview-latex-process-alist)
      (let ((formula-link
              (org-html--unlabel-latex-environment latex-frag)
              processing-type info)))
        (when (and formula-link (string-match "file:\\([^]]*\\)" formula-link))
          (let ((source (org-export-file-uri (match-string 1 formula-link))))
       (org-html--format-image source attributes info)
       info caption label)))))
     (t (org-html--wrap-latex-environment latex-frag info caption label))))))

On the maths side of things, I consider dvisvgm to be a rather compelling option. However this isn’t sized very well at the moment.

;; (setq-default org-html-with-latex `dvisvgm) Exporting to LaTeX

I like automatically using spaced small caps for acronyms. For strings I want to be unaffected lest’s use ; as a prefix to prevent the transformation — i.e. ;JFK (as one would want for two-letter geographic locations and names).

;; TODO make this /only/ apply to text (i.e. not URL)
(after! org
  (defun tec/org-export-latex-filter-acronym (text backend info)
    (when (org-export-derived-backend-p backend 'latex)
      (let ((case-fold-search nil))
         (lambda (all-caps-str)
           ; only \acr if str doesn't start with ";" or "\" (for LaTeX commands)
           (cond ((equal (aref all-caps-str 0) ?\;) (substring all-caps-str 1))
                 ((equal (aref all-caps-str 0) ?\\) all-caps-str)
                 ((equal (aref all-caps-str (- (length all-caps-str) 1)) ?s)
                  (concat "\\textls*[70]{\\textsc{"
                            (s-downcase (substring all-caps-str 0 -1))
                 (t (concat "\\textls*[70]{\\textsc{"
                              (s-downcase all-caps-str) "}}"))))
         text t t))))

  (add-to-list 'org-export-filter-plain-text-functions
  (add-to-list 'org-export-filter-headline-functions
(after! org
  (defun tec/org-export-latex-fancy-item-checkboxes (text backend info)
    (when (org-export-derived-backend-p backend 'latex)
       (lambda (fullmatch)
         (concat "\\\\item[" (pcase (substring fullmatch 9 -3) ; content of capture group
                               ("square"   "\\\\ifdefined\\\\checkboxUnchecked\\\\checkboxUnchecked\\\\else$\\\\square$\\\\fi"    )
                               ("boxminus" "\\\\ifdefined\\\\checkboxTransitive\\\\checkboxTransitive\\\\else$\\\\boxminus$\\\\fi")
                               ("boxtimes" "\\\\ifdefined\\\\checkboxChecked\\\\checkboxChecked\\\\else$\\\\boxtimes$\\\\fi"      )
                               (_ (substring fullmatch 9 -3))) "]"))

  (add-to-list 'org-export-filter-item-functions

Now for a few more adjustments.

(after! ox-latex
  (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes




\\newcommand{\\checkboxTransitive}{\\rlap{\\raisebox{0.0ex}{\\hspace{0.35ex}\\Large\\textbf -}}$\\square$}
\\newcommand{\\checkboxChecked}{\\rlap{\\raisebox{0.2ex}{\\hspace{0.35ex}\\scriptsize \\ding{56}}}$\\square$}
               ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
               ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
               ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
               ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
               ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))
  (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
               ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
               ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
               ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
               ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
               ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))
  (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
               ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
               ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
               ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
               ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
               ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))
  (add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
               ("\\chapter{%s}" . "\\chapter*{%s}")
               ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
               ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
               ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
               ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
               ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))
  (setq org-latex-default-class "fancy-article")

  (add-to-list 'org-latex-packages-alist '("" "minted"))
  (setq org-latex-listings 'minted
        '(("frame" "lines")
          ("fontsize" "\\scriptsize")
          ("linenos" "")
          ("breakanywhere" "true")
          ("breakautoindent" "true")
          ("breaklines" "true")
          ("autogobble" "true")
          ("obeytabs" "true")
          ("python3" "true")
          ("breakbefore" "\\\\\\.+")
          ("breakafter" "\\,")
          ("style" "autumn")
          ("breaksymbol" "\\tiny\\ensuremath{\\hookrightarrow}")
          ("breakanywheresymbolpre" "\\,\\footnotesize\\ensuremath{{}_{\\rfloor}}")
          ("breakbeforesymbolpre" "\\,\\footnotesize\\ensuremath{{}_{\\rfloor}}")
          ("breakaftersymbolpre" "\\,\\footnotesize\\ensuremath{{}_{\\rfloor}}")))
  (setq org-latex-tables-booktabs t)

  (setq org-latex-hyperref-template "
  (setq org-latex-pdf-process
        '("latexmk -shell-escape -interaction=nonstopmode -f -pdf -output-directory=%o %f"))) Chameleon — aka. match theme

Once the idea of having the look of the LaTeX document produced match the current Emacs theme, I was enraptured. The result is the pseudo-class chameleon.

(after! ox
  (defvar ox-chameleon-base-class "fancy-article"
    "The base class that chameleon builds on")

  (defvar ox-chameleon--p nil
    "Used to indicate whether the current export is trying to blend in. Set just before being accessed.")

  ;; (setf (alist-get :filter-latex-class
  ;;                  (org-export-backend-filters
  ;;                   (org-export-get-backend 'latex)))
  ;;       'ox-chameleon-latex-class-detector-filter)

  ;; (defun ox-chameleon-latex-class-detector-filter (info backend)
  ;;   ""
  ;;   (setq ox-chameleon--p (when (equal (plist-get info :latex-class)
  ;;                                      "chameleon")
  ;;                           (plist-put info :latex-class ox-chameleon-base-class)
  ;;                           t)))

  ;; TODO make this less hacky. One ideas was as follows
  ;; (map-put (org-export-backend-filters (org-export-get-backend 'latex))
  ;;           :filter-latex-class 'ox-chameleon-latex-class-detector-filter))
  ;; Never seemed to execute though
  (defadvice! ox-chameleon-org-latex-detect (orig-fun info)
    :around #'org-export-install-filters
    (setq ox-chameleon--p (when (equal (plist-get info :latex-class)
                            (plist-put info :latex-class ox-chameleon-base-class)
    (funcall orig-fun info))

  (defadvice! ox-chameleon-org-latex-export (orig-fn info &optional template snippet?)
    :around #'org-latex-make-preamble
    (funcall orig-fn info)
    (if (not ox-chameleon--p)
        (funcall orig-fn info template snippet?)
      (concat (funcall orig-fn info template snippet?)

  (defun ox-chameleon-generate-colourings ()
    (apply #'format
           "%% make document follow Emacs theme






\\renewcommand{\\labelitemii}{\\textcolor{itemlabel}{\\normalfont\\bfseries \\textendash}}


%% end customisations
           (mapcar (doom-rpartial #'substring 1)
                    (face-attribute 'solaire-default-face :background)
                    (face-attribute 'default :foreground)
                    (doom-color 'red)
                    (doom-color 'orange)
                    (doom-color 'green)
                    (doom-color 'teal)
                    (doom-color 'yellow)
                    (doom-color 'blue)
                    (doom-color 'dark-blue)
                    (doom-color 'magenta)
                    (doom-color 'violet)
                    (doom-color 'cyan)
                    (doom-color 'dark-cyan)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-1 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-2 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-3 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-4 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-5 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-6 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-7 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'outline-8 :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'link :foreground)
                    (or (face-attribute 'org-ref-cite-face :foreground) (doom-color 'yellow))
                    (face-attribute 'org-list-dt :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'org-code :foreground)
                    (face-attribute 'org-verbatim :foreground)
  ) Make verbatim different to code

Since have just gone to so much effort above let’s make the most of it by making verbatim use verb instead of protectedtexttt (default).

(setq org-latex-text-markup-alist '((bold . "\\textbf{%s}")
           (code . protectedtexttt)
           (italic . "\\emph{%s}")
           (strike-through . "\\sout{%s}")
           (underline . "\\uline{%s}")
           (verbatim . verb))) Exporting to Beamer

It’s nice to use a different theme

(setq org-beamer-theme "[progressbar=foot]metropolis")

Then customise it a bit

And I think that it’s natural to divide a presentation into sections, e.g. Introduction, Overview… so let’s set bump up the headline level that becomes a frame from 1 to 2.

(setq org-beamer-frame-level 2) Exporting to GFM

We just need to load ox-gfm for org-mode documents

(eval-after-load "org"
  '(require 'ox-gfm nil t))

5.2.4 Babel

Doom lazy-loads babel languages, with is lovely.

We need to tell babel to use python3. Who uses python2 anymore anyway? And why doesn’t python refer to the latest version!?

(setq org-babel-python-command "python3")

We also like auto-completion here

(defun tec-org-python ()
  (if (eq major-mode 'python-mode)
   (progn (anaconda-mode t)
          (company-mode t)))
(add-hook 'org-src-mode-hook 'tec-org-python)

5.2.5 ESS

We don’t want R evaluation to hang the editor, hence

(setq ess-eval-visibly 'nowait)

Syntax highlighting is nice, so let’s turn all of that on

(setq ess-R-font-lock-keywords '((ess-R-fl-keyword:keywords . t)
 (ess-R-fl-keyword:constants . t)
 (ess-R-fl-keyword:modifiers . t)
 (ess-R-fl-keyword:fun-defs . t)
 (ess-R-fl-keyword:assign-ops . t)
 (ess-R-fl-keyword:%op% . t)
 (ess-fl-keyword:fun-calls . t)
 (ess-fl-keyword:numbers . t)
 (ess-fl-keyword:operators . t)
 (ess-fl-keyword:delimiters . t)
 (ess-fl-keyword:= . t)
 (ess-R-fl-keyword:F&T . t)))

5.3 LaTeX

File Extensions

5.3.1 To-be-implemented ideas

  • Paste image from clipboard
    • Determine first folder in graphicspath if applicable
    • Ask for file name
    • Use xclip to save file to graphics folder, or current directory (whichever applies)

      command -v xclip >/dev/null 2>&1 || { echo >&1 "no xclip"; exit 1; }
      xclip -selection clipboard -target image/png -o >/dev/null 2>&1
      xclip -selection clipboard -target image/png -o >$1 2>/dev/null
      echo $1
      echo "no image"
    • Insert figure, with filled in details as a result (activate yasnippet with filename as variable maybe?)

5.3.2 Compilation

(setq TeX-save-query nil
      TeX-show-compilation t
      TeX-command-extra-options "-shell-escape")
(after! latex
  (add-to-list 'TeX-command-list '("XeLaTeX" "%`xelatex%(mode)%' %t" TeX-run-TeX nil t)))

5.3.3 Snippet helpers Template

For use in the new-file template, let’s set out a nice preamble we may want to use. Then let’s bind the content to a function, and define some nice helpers.

(setq tec/yas-latex-template-preamble "


\\usepackage[a-2b]{pdfx} % why not be archival

\\usepackage[osf,helvratio=0.9]{newpxtext} % pallatino


% microtype makes text look nicer

\\usepackage{graphicx} % include graphics
\\usepackage{grffile} % fix allowed graphicx filenames

\\usepackage{booktabs} % nice table rules

(defun tec/yas-latex-get-class-choice ()
  "Prompt user for LaTeX class choice"
  (setq tec/yas-latex-class-choice (ivy-read "Select document class: " '("article" "scrartcl" "bmc") :def "bmc")))

(defun tec/yas-latex-preamble-if ()
  "Based on class choice prompt for insertion of default preamble"
    (if (equal tec/yas-latex-class-choice "bmc") 'nil
             (eq (read-char-choice "Include default preamble? [Type y/n]" '(?y ?n)) ?y))) Deliminators
(after! tex
  (defvar tec/tex-last-delim-char nil
    "Last open delim expanded in a tex document")
  (defvar tec/tex-delim-dot-second t
    "When the `tec/tex-last-delim-char' is . a second charachter (this) is prompted for")
  (defun tec/get-open-delim-char ()
    "Exclusivly read next char to tec/tex-last-delim-char"
    (setq tec/tex-delim-dot-second nil)
    (setq tec/tex-last-delim-char (read-char-exclusive "Opening deliminator, recognises: 9 ( [ { < | ."))
    (when (eql ?. tec/tex-last-delim-char)
      (setq tec/tex-delim-dot-second (read-char-exclusive "Other deliminator, recognises: 0 9 (  ) [ ] { } < > |"))))
  (defun tec/tex-open-delim-from-char (&optional open-char)
    "Find the associated opening delim as string"
    (unless open-char (setq open-char (if (eql ?. tec/tex-last-delim-char)
    (case open-char
      (?\( "(")
      (?9  "(")
      (?\[ "[")
      (?\{ "\\{")
      (?<  "<")
      (?|  (if tec/tex-delim-dot-second "." "|"))
      (t   ".")))
  (defun tec/tex-close-delim-from-char (&optional open-char)
    "Find the associated closing delim as string"
    (if tec/tex-delim-dot-second
        (case tec/tex-delim-dot-second
          (?\) ")")
          (?0  ")")
          (?\] "]")
          (?\} "\\}")
          (?\> ">")
          (?|  "|")
          (t   "."))
      (case (or open-char tec/tex-last-delim-char)
        (?\( ")")
        (?9  ")")
        (?\[ "]")
        (?\{ "\\}")
        (?<  ")")
        (?\) ")")
        (?0  ")")
        (?\] "]")
        (?\} "\\}")
        (?\> ">")
        (?|  "|")
        (t   "."))))
  (defun tec/tex-next-char-smart-close-delim (&optional open-char)
    (and (bound-and-true-p smartparens-mode)
         (eql (char-after) (case (or open-char tec/tex-last-delim-char)
                             (?\( ?\))
                             (?\[ ?\])
                             (?{ ?})
                             (?< ?>)))))
  (defun tec/tex-delim-yas-expand (&optional open-char)
    (yas-expand-snippet (yas-lookup-snippet "_deliminators" 'latex-mode) (point) (+ (point) (if (tec/tex-next-char-smart-close-delim open-char) 2 1)))))

5.3.4 Editor visuals

Once again, all hail mixed pitch mode!

(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook #'mixed-pitch-mode)

Let’s enhance TeX-fold-math a bit

(after! latex
  (setcar (assoc "⋆" LaTeX-fold-math-spec-list) "★")) ;; make \star bigger

(setq TeX-fold-math-spec-list
      `(;; missing/better symbols
        ("≤" ("le"))
        ("≥" ("ge"))
        ("≠" ("ne"))
        ;; conviniance shorts -- these don't work nicely ATM
        ;; ("‹" ("left"))
        ;; ("›" ("right"))
        ;; private macros
        ("ℝ" ("RR"))
        ("ℕ" ("NN"))
        ("ℤ" ("ZZ"))
        ("ℚ" ("QQ"))
        ("ℂ" ("CC"))
        ("ℙ" ("PP"))
        ("ℍ" ("HH"))
        ("𝔼" ("EE"))
        ("𝑑" ("dd"))
        ;; known commands
        ("" ("phantom"))
        (,(lambda (num den) (if (and (TeX-string-single-token-p num) (TeX-string-single-token-p den))
                           (concat num "/" den)
                         (concat "❪" num "/" den "❫"))) ("frac"))
        (,(lambda (arg) (concat "√" (TeX-fold-parenthesize-as-neccesary arg))) ("sqrt"))
        (,(lambda (arg) (concat "⭡" (TeX-fold-parenthesize-as-neccesary arg))) ("vec"))
        ("‘{1}’" ("text"))
        ;; private commands
        ("|{1}|" ("abs"))
        ("‖{1}‖" ("norm"))
        ("⌊{1}⌋" ("floor"))
        ("⌈{1}⌉" ("ceil"))
        ("⌊{1}⌉" ("round"))
        ("𝑑{1}/𝑑{2}" ("dv"))
        ("∂{1}/∂{2}" ("pdv"))
        ;; fancification
        ("{1}" ("mathrm"))
        (,(lambda (word) (string-offset-roman-chars 119743 word)) ("mathbf"))
        (,(lambda (word) (string-offset-roman-chars 119951 word)) ("mathcal"))
        (,(lambda (word) (string-offset-roman-chars 120003 word)) ("mathfrak"))
        (,(lambda (word) (string-offset-roman-chars 120055 word)) ("mathbb"))
        (,(lambda (word) (string-offset-roman-chars 120159 word)) ("mathsf"))
        (,(lambda (word) (string-offset-roman-chars 120367 word)) ("mathtt"))
        ;; as the defaults
        ("[f]" ("footnote" "marginpar"))
        ("[c]" ("cite"))
        ("[l]" ("label"))
        ("[r]" ("ref" "pageref" "eqref"))
        ("[i]" ("index" "glossary"))
        ("..." ("dots"))
        ("{1}" ("emph" "textit" "textsl" "textmd" "textrm" "textsf" "texttt"
            "textbf" "textsc" "textup"))
        ;; tweaked defaults
        ("©" ("copyright"))
        ("®" ("textregistered"))
        ("™"  ("texttrademark"))
        ("[1]:||►" ("item"))
        ("❡❡ {1}" ("part" "part*"))
        ("❡ {1}" ("chapter" "chapter*"))
        ("§ {1}" ("section" "section*"))
        ("§§ {1}" ("subsection" "subsection*"))
        ("§§§ {1}" ("subsubsection" "subsubsection*"))
        ("¶ {1}" ("paragraph" "paragraph*"))
        ("¶¶ {1}" ("subparagraph" "subparagraph*"))
        ;; extra
        ("⬖ {1}" ("begin"))
        ("⬗ {1}" ("end"))

(defun string-offset-roman-chars (offset word)
  "Shift the codepoint of each charachter in WORD by OFFSET with an extra -6 shift if the letter is lowercase"
    (apply 'string
       (mapcar (lambda (c) (+ (if (>= c 97) (- c 6) c) offset)) word)))

(defun TeX-fold-parenthesize-as-neccesary (tokens &optional suppress-left suppress-right)
  "Add ❪ ❫ parenthesis as if multiple LaTeX tokens appear to be present"
  (if (TeX-string-single-token-p tokens) tokens
    (concat (if suppress-left "" "❪")
            (if suppress-right "" "❫"))))

(defun TeX-string-single-token-p (teststring)
  "Return t if TESTSTRING appears to be a single token, nil otherwise"
 (if (string-match-p "^\\\\?\\w+$" teststring) t nil))

Some local keybindings to make life a bit easier

(after! tex
   :map LaTeX-mode-map
   :ei [C-return] #'LaTeX-insert-item

   ;; normal stuff here
   :desc "View" "v" #'TeX-view)
  (setq TeX-electric-math '("\\(" . "")))

Maths deliminators can be de-emphasised a bit

;; Making \( \) less visible
(defface unimportant-latex-face
     :inherit font-lock-comment-face :family "Overpass" :weight light))
  "Face used to make \\(\\), \\[\\] less visible."
  :group 'LaTeX-math)

 `((,(rx (and "\\" (any "()[]"))) 0 'unimportant-latex-face prepend))

 `((,"\\\\[[:word:]]+" 0 'font-lock-keyword-face prepend))

And enable shell escape for the preview

(setq preview-LaTeX-command '("%`%l \"\\nonstopmode\\nofiles\
\\PassOptionsToPackage{" ("," . preview-required-option-list) "}{preview}\
preview-default-preamble "\\fi}\"%' \"\\detokenize{\" %t \"}\""))

5.3.5 CDLaTeX

The symbols and modifies are very nice by default, but could do with a bit of fleshing out. Let’s change the prefix to a key which is similarly rarely used, but more convenient, like ;.

(after! cdlatex
  (setq ;; cdlatex-math-symbol-prefix ?\; ;; doesn't work at the moment :(
   '( ;; adding missing functions to 3rd level symbols
     (?_    ("\\downarrow"  ""           "\\inf"))
     (?2    ("^2"           "\\sqrt{?}"     ""     ))
     (?3    ("^3"           "\\sqrt[3]{?}"  ""     ))
     (?^    ("\\uparrow"    ""           "\\sup"))
     (?k    ("\\kappa"      ""           "\\ker"))
     (?m    ("\\mu"         ""           "\\lim"))
     (?c    (""             "\\circ"     "\\cos"))
     (?d    ("\\delta"      "\\partial"  "\\dim"))
     (?D    ("\\Delta"      "\\nabla"    "\\deg"))
     ;; no idea why \Phi isnt on 'F' in first place, \phi is on 'f'.
     (?F    ("\\Phi"))
     ;; now just conveniance
     (?.    ("\\cdot" "\\dots"))
     (?:    ("\\vdots" "\\ddots"))
     (?*    ("\\times" "\\star" "\\ast")))
   '( ;; my own stuff
     (?B    "\\mathbb"        nil          t    nil  nil)
     (?a    "\\abs"           nil          t    nil  nil))))

In a smilar vein to this, really whenever I have a number after a symbol (letter or command) I want it as a subscript. @yoavm448 did some lovely legwork to provide this:

(defun prvt/auto-number-subscript ()
  (if (and (or (and (>= (char-before) ?a) (<= (char-before) ?z))
               (and (>= (char-before) ?A) (<= (char-before) ?Z)))
           (cl-digit-char-p (string-to-char (this-command-keys)))
      (insert "_" (this-command-keys))
    (insert (this-command-keys))))

 :after tex :map LaTeX-mode-map
 :i "1" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "2" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "3" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "4" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "5" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "6" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "7" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "8" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript
 :i "9" #'prvt/auto-number-subscript)

5.3.6 SyncTeX

(after! tex
  (add-to-list 'TeX-view-program-list '("Evince" "evince %o"))
  (add-to-list 'TeX-view-program-selection '(output-pdf "Evince")))

5.3.7 Evilification

Let’s face it. Being evil is fun, let’s take it as far as we can.

(use-package! evil-tex
  :hook (LaTeX-mode . evil-tex-mode))

5.4 Python

Since I’m using mypyls, as suggested in :lang python LSP support I’ll tweak the priority of mypyls

(after! lsp-python-ms
  (set-lsp-priority! 'mspyls 1))

5.5 R

5.5.1 Editor Visuals

(after! ess-r-mode
  (appendq! +pretty-code-symbols
            '(:assign "⟵"
              :multiply "×"))
  (set-pretty-symbols! 'ess-r-mode
    ;; Functional
    :def "function"
    ;; Types
    :null "NULL"
    :true "TRUE"
    :false "FALSE"
    :int "int"
    :floar "float"
    :bool "bool"
    ;; Flow
    :not "!"
    :and "&&" :or "||"
    :for "for"
    :in "%in%"
    :return "return"
    ;; Other
    :assign "<-"
    :multiply "%*%"))

5.6 hledger

ledger-mode is great and all, but hledger seems to be more actively maintained. For example, from 2018–2020, the most prolific contributor to ledger produced 31 commits. For hledger this statistic is 1800 commits. In addition, over the last decade, ledger seems to have lost steam, while hledger seems as actively developed as ever. From this basic comparison hledger looks to have a more promising outlook. It also has a few extra niceties that ledger doesn’t, but is a little slower (haskell vs. c++). Since this uses the same format, and ledger-mode is well integrated into emacs, and produced by John Wiegley — author of ledger and current Emacs maintainer — using this seems like a good idea. Thankfully we can, with a little modification.

(setq ledger-mode-should-check-version nil
      ledger-report-links-in-register nil
      ledger-binary-path "hledger")

5.7 Markdown

Let’s use mixed pitch, because it’s great

(add-hook! (gfm-mode markdown-mode) #'mixed-pitch-mode)

Most of the time when I write markdown, it’s going into some app/website which will do it’s own line wrapping, hence we only want to use visual line wrapping. No hard stuff.

(add-hook! (gfm-mode markdown-mode) #'visual-line-mode #'turn-off-auto-fill)

Since markdown is often seen as rendered HTML, let’s try to somewhat mirror the style or markdown renderes.

Most markdown renders seem to make the first three headings levels larger than normal text, the first two much so. Then the fourth level tends to be the same as body text, while the fifth and sixth are (increasingly) smaller, with the sixth greyed out. Since the sixth level is so small, I’ll turn up the boldness a notch.

  '(markdown-header-face-1 :height 1.25 :weight extra-bold :inherit markdown-header-face)
  '(markdown-header-face-2 :height 1.15 :weight bold       :inherit markdown-header-face)
  '(markdown-header-face-3 :height 1.08 :weight bold       :inherit markdown-header-face)
  '(markdown-header-face-4 :height 1.00 :weight bold       :inherit markdown-header-face)
  '(markdown-header-face-5 :height 0.90 :weight bold       :inherit markdown-header-face)
  '(markdown-header-face-6 :height 0.75 :weight extra-bold :inherit markdown-header-face))

5.8 Beancount

The beancount package online has been put into ./lisp, we just need to load and enable it for .beancount files.

(use-package! beancount
  :load-path "~/.config/doom/lisp"
  :mode ("\\.beancount\\'" . beancount-mode)
  (setq beancount-electric-currency t)
  (defun beancount-bal ()
    "Run bean-report bal."
    (let ((compilation-read-command nil))
      (beancount--run "bean-report"
                      (file-relative-name buffer-file-name) "bal")))
  (map! :map beancount-mode-map
        :n "TAB" #'beancount-align-to-previous-number
        :i "TAB" #'beancount-tab-dwim))

Author: tecosaur

Created: 2020-05-26 Tue 12:41