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Re: File local setting for export directory?

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: File local setting for export directory?
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:04:15 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Loris Bennett <loris.bennett@fu-berlin.de> writes:

> Hi Eric,
> Eric Abrahamsen <eric@ericabrahamsen.net> writes:
>> "Loris Bennett" <loris.bennett@fu-berlin.de> writes:
>>> Hi,
>>> I want to export an org file to a pdf and have the pdf created in
>>> subdirectory relative to the org file.
>>> What's the simplest way to set the export directory in a file local way?
>> I suggested the attached diff a while ago, but no one seemed very
>> interested. I think it might already do what you want.
>> diff --git a/lisp/ox.el b/lisp/ox.el
>> index 9cf62078a..77cafb20d 100644
>> --- a/lisp/ox.el
>> +++ b/lisp/ox.el
>> @@ -6417,6 +6417,20 @@ Return file name as a string."
>>            "Output file: " pub-dir nil nil nil
>>            (lambda (n) (string= extension (file-name-extension n t))))))
>>         extension))
>> +     (pub-dir (or pub-dir
>> +                  (and subtreep (org-entry-get
>> +                                 nil "EXPORT_PUB_DIR" 'selective))
>> +                  (org-with-point-at (point-min)
>> +                    (catch :found
>> +                      (let ((case-fold-search t))
>> +                        (while (re-search-forward
>> +                                "^[ \t]*#\\+EXPORT_PUB_DIR:[ \t]+\\S-"
>> +                                nil t)
>> +                          (let ((element (org-element-at-point)))
>> +                            (when (eq 'keyword (org-element-type element))
>> +                              (throw :found
>> +                                     (org-element-property
>> +                                      :value element))))))))))
>>       (output-file
>>        ;; Build file name.  Enforce EXTENSION over whatever user
>>        ;; may have come up with.  PUB-DIR, if defined, always has
> Thanks for the patch - it is exactly what I needed.
> I'm surprised no-one was interested, although I suppose back then I was
> probably also one of the uninterested :-)

Oh I'm not blaming anyone! There are a lot of patches coming down here,
and a lot of ideas for Org, and it's hard to keep up. I don't think I
did a very good job of stating my case, either.

I actually hadn't thought of how the latex process might go haywire with
an absolute export file name. My motivation was simply that "next to my
*.org" files is pretty much never where I want exported files to end up.
I want to send them to ~/tmp, or to a directory that's shared with
colleagues via syncthing. In fact what I really want is to export to the
value of ATTACH_DIR, because then I can immediately use all the attach
tools on the exported files.

Latex compilation is a nice additional argument, though!


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