I'd like to be able to create GitHub issues from Emacs using a simple command, e.g.

M-x create-github-issue RET <title> RET <comment> RET

Ideally, the command would default to the current repo when called from a buffer visiting a file that belongs to a git repository.

I checked the repos (ELPA, MELPA, Marmalade); the closest thing I could find is gh, which is a

GitHub API library for Emacs.

It includes gh-issues.el which looks like it could be used as a starting point for implementing such a feature. But since I don't want to reinvent the wheel:

Does anybody have a hand-rolled solution for this that they could share (or know of a package that I missed that implements this functionality)?

  • emacs-bts-github has a bts-github::add-issue function, I think it already has what you want, but I have not used this package.
    – xuchunyang
    Jun 6, 2015 at 12:21

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I'm using syohex's emacs-helm-open-github which provides a set of commands to open issues/files/commits's URL in Github easily, it uses the gh library as well, I look down its code and change its helm-open-github--collect-issues function into create-github-issue:

(defun create-github-issue (title body)
  (let ((remote-url (helm-open-github--remote-url)))
    (cl-multiple-value-bind (user repo) (helm-open-github--extract-user-host remote-url)
      (gh-issues-issue-new helm-open-github-issues-api
                           user repo
                           (gh-issues-issue :title title
                                            :body body)))))

helm-open-github--extract-user-host is used for getting user/repo, gh-issues-issue-new is used for creating new issue.

To use it, try (create-github-issue "issue title" "issue content"), a example result: https://github.com/xuchunyang/emacs.d/issues/2

  • @Sibi It's easy to do, I mean, read issue title & body from minibuffer, but I don't think it's a good idea.
    – xuchunyang
    Jun 6, 2015 at 12:25
  • Thanks, Why it isn't a good idea ?
    – Sibi
    Jun 6, 2015 at 12:26
  • Because minibuffer is usually for reading a small amount text like Emacs command name, file name, while issue's body usually consists of several complete sentences. An interface like M-x mail RET is much better for this use case.
    – xuchunyang
    Jun 6, 2015 at 13:06
  • Thanks, this seems like a good starting point for implementing what I am looking for. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. When I evaluate (create-github-issue "issue title" "issue content") from a file that belongs to a git repo I get: Debugger entered--Lisp error: (invalid-slot-name "#<gh-issues-issue :title>" "issue title") [...].
    – itsjeyd
    Jun 8, 2015 at 8:14
  • It works fine from here. I am unfamiliar with the gh library nor the eieio library, but I guess (gh-issues-issue :title "title" :body "body") will fail as well, so it could be a bug of the gh library.
    – xuchunyang
    Jun 8, 2015 at 10:27

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