I'm trying to export subtrees using #+PROPERTY: EXPORT_FILE_NAME filename as described in the Org manual at bottom here.

I have a test file called test.org:

* This Is A Test
  here is some content
* This Is Another Test
  #+PROPERTY: EXPORT_FILE_NAME another-export-test
  here is some more content.

When I put point on either * heading and export with C-c C-e C-s l o the resulting PDF file has the correct content, but is not called "export-test" or "another-export-test" but instead "test.pdf". I'm a beginner at this, and can't fathom what I'm doing wrong.

Org 8.3.1

Emacs 24.5.1

  • Hi Steven, you probably took the wrong property name from me, please check my updated answer. Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 18:39

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Please try it with property drawers:

* This Is A Test 
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: export-test

Then put the cursor on this headline and export explicitly only above tree with C-c C-e C-s l o

  • Apologies, that was a mistake in my question but not in my approach, and thank you for catching it. I've fixed it in the post---the problem includes me using using C-c C-e C-s l o Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 4:41
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    I'm sorry I've put the wrong property name into my example. With the right one - I updated - it is working under Emacs-24.5 with org-mode 8.2.10. Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 18:19
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    That did it---thank you for your help! This will be a huge aid to me this week. Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 1:50
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    @Dieter.Wilhelm hey, sorry about that. I can export org files to TeX without any issues. When I add the properties drawer with the EXPORT_FILE_NAME to a subtree, select it and export it, I don't get any errors. The file is successfully exported with the default name. I'm on Mac High Sierra and have Mactex 2017 installed. Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 21:22
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    @GuilhermeSalomé: The difference is that when not using C-s the whole buffer (file) will be exported and the property for the file name is not used! ;-) With C-s org-mode is exporting only the current (sub)-tree and only then the respective tree properties are effective. Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 22:00

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