In Emacs org-mode, I like to use TODO items. I switched on the automatic closing note, when an entry is marked DONE.

A small annoyance is that the fill behavior of the closing note usually changes from the *Org Note* buffer, where the message is entered, to the original Org-file. To have the right filling after inserting the closing note, I have to scroll down a few lines and use the M-q (fill-paragraph).

Is there a possibility to have automatic filling for the closing note?

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You could adjust the value of fill-column in the Org note buffer. If org-adapt-indentation is non-nil, this needs to take into account the heading level.

(defvar org-log-current-level nil)
(advice-add 'org-add-log-note :before
            (lambda ()
              (setq org-log-current-level (org-current-level))))

(defun org-log-adjust-fill-column ()
  (let ((offset (if org-adapt-indentation (+ org-log-current-level 3) 2)))
    (setq fill-column (- fill-column offset))))

(add-hook 'org-log-buffer-setup-hook #'org-log-adjust-fill-column)
  • I just tried to see if this works. Sadly I'm using Emacs 24.3 and the advice-add does not exist... Is there an easy way to work around this?
    – jjokella
    Jul 4, 2015 at 15:40
  • Ok, I now tried it with an Emacs 24.4, which I do not use for AucTeX compatibility issues, but it works for some first tries, so I mark the answer with the green hook. Thanks!
    – jjokella
    Jul 4, 2015 at 15:47

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