Since the build of org mode of the end of august (now I use elpa/org-20150907), the M-RET does not start a new entry, and gives the error "Symbol's value as variable is void: org-planning-line-re". Strangely enough, M-SHIFT-RET still gives a new TODO entry.

I am currently on aquamacs emacs on OSX El Capitan public beta, but I do not think it is a system issue. In fact, if I go back to the aquamacs-bundled version of org (8.2.10, I do not know of which date, but I presume late 2014) M-RET works again perfectly.

Is anyone else having the same issue?

  • I installed version elpa/org-20150907 to check: no problem for me for both M-RET and M-SHIFT-RET. My OS is Ubuntu 15.04.
    – Lgen
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 9:47
  • So it seems to be a system-dependent issue. Then it is strange that the old version works with no problems. The two versions are installed on different paths, may that be a possible reason of conflict?
    – yuggib
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 9:57
  • Seems like you are having similar issue to this one: lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2014-09/msg00021.html - bottom line, this is likely a result of a mixed install: you have some bits of two different versions of Org together. The way to solve this is to clean the files manually and recompile.
    – wvxvw
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 9:57
  • Yes, deleting the base aquamacs installation and keeping only the new one solved the problem. Thanks
    – yuggib
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 10:06
  • In this case it's best to first remove the old installation and to install the fresh one from blank slate. There are some known issues with trying to upgrade.
    – wvxvw
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 9:16

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This issue might be happening because you are loading org package from system installation then loading it again from local installation (e.g. from a ELPA repository).

Double check if your have any (require 'org) before (package-initialize).

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