What would cause emacs to "mostly" freeze when creating an org agenda?

I say "mostly" because when you type C-g, it does show "Quit" in the minibuffer, and the time logging number in the minibuffer still increments. Nothing else seems to respond though that I could think of.

I was only able to get emacs to respond by getting the emacs pid with ps aux | grep emacs and then running kill -SIGUSR2 {PID}.

After that, emacs opened a buffer with:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (quit)
  redisplay_internal\ \(C\ function\)()

What can I do to prevent this behavior?

  • 1
    Does this happen when you start emacs with emacs -q?
    – Tobias
    Apr 7, 2016 at 5:18
  • It happens rarely, and is only reproducible within a session. If it happens once, it will likely happen again, but I can't get it to happen reliably. I haven't seen it happen with emacs -q, but I haven't tried running a -q session for days opening 100's of files (and even when I do that with a normal session I usually have no issues).
    – avv
    Apr 15, 2016 at 17:52
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Check your org-agenda-files variable for file duplicates that are in separate directories.

Context: I had the same issue with Doom Emacs after I had copied org files to a new directory and added the newly copied files to the org-agenda-files variable without removing the original files from org-agenda-files.

Remove the unneeded files from org-agenda-files by opening the offending file in a buffer and typing C-c ] or M-x org-remove-file RET.

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