I am jealous about a SublimeText plugin:

get github issue interactively

This plugin finds the github issues when you are in a commit message and you type a dash.

I didn't find an equivalent for Emacs so I decided that was a good exercise.

I found the pieces in about an hour but I've got difficulties finishing it, so I thought I might as well ask for help :)

What I can do:

But I have to deal with some corner cases (repository not found, there is no issues, the github api rate limit is reached), I want to isolate the functions that call github but then my helm source doesn't work any more (this is the actual bug that I left for you). Also, how to define the helm source so that it doesn't call github when evaluating the whole buffer ? see

(helm :sources '(issues-helm-source))

So I'd enjoy very much to have reviews by experienced elisp developers. Thanks !


  • Regarding the fact that github-issues is on Melpa: gh.el is on Melpa, you may or may not prefer it.
    – Malabarba
    Mar 26, 2015 at 20:28
  • Regarding the actual question: You spend most of the question explaining your motivation (which is very motivating, I agree) but then you dump a single line of code and ask "why doesn't it work?". Not to mention the title is completely different from the question you're trying to ask. This is a helm question. Put more focus on the actual problem you had. What were you doing before you "isolate the functions"? Did that work? What did you change that made it stop working?
    – Malabarba
    Mar 26, 2015 at 20:39
  • I shouldn't have dumped the line of code then. True that I have a pb with it and helm, but I am more asking for (dreaming of :) ) a global code review.
    – Ehvince
    Mar 28, 2015 at 14:54
  • I'll try to be more explicit with the helm question quickly. As for gh.el, I played a bit with it with no success before I found github-issues. I still can change it later on.
    – Ehvince
    Mar 28, 2015 at 14:55
  • So, 2 things: I fixed the blocking bug so this snippet is usuable. Still, the github-issues dependency isn't on MELPA, its author didn't touch it for years and gh.el isn't appealling at all either: github.com/sigma/gh.el/issues/36
    – Ehvince
    Apr 6, 2015 at 23:15

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So I finished this package: https://gitlab.com/emacs-stuff/git-commit-insert-issue

fetch the issue in the commit message

It's in MELPA, so to install it: M-x package-install RET git-commit-insert-issue.

It gives a minor mode and an interactive function to get issues. Github and Gitlab. Gitlab for private repos also.

(Thanks for the tips above and the review of melpa maintainers)

(there are good remarks on reddit too)

  • Why not accept this answer?
    – clemera
    Dec 7, 2018 at 10:06
  • oh indeed, I just accepted my answer :) thanks
    – Ehvince
    Dec 7, 2018 at 19:55

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