When in a dired buffer, I use R or dired-do-rename to move files from one directory to another (typically my "refile" directory to where the file(s) actually belong(s)).

When I do this I'd like to store an org-link using org-store-link to the "refiled" document(s) in it's/their new location preferable using th prefix argument, C-u.

Any idea how to accomplish this? Ideally it would work for a single or multiple files marked with m. If performing this action on multiple files, all links should be stored.

I imagine this is possible with defadvice since I can't find any obvious hooks but don't have the experience to implement it.

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    I suggest defining a new command and bind that, instead of advising.
    – YoungFrog
    May 9, 2016 at 5:51
  • I think that's a good idea too. Any idea which function I could use to get the new file path?
    – sk8ingdom
    May 9, 2016 at 6:24
  • Good question. When renaming, dired adds a mark to the destination file. It seems dired-add-file is responsible for this. You could advise (yes, I know...) that function to make it log/record the filenames it marks into some dynamically scoped variable. Then you can let-bind that variable around the call to dired-do-rename. Not sure if that is super clean, but I don't know better anyway.
    – YoungFrog
    May 9, 2016 at 9:24

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Although I couldn't get it to work with a prefix argument (C-u), I advised dired-rename-file to automatically store every renamed file (including those bulk moved using marks) to org-stored-links which can then be inserted into an org-mode file with org-insert-link using the following:

;; Have dired store org-link when a file or files(s) are renamed
(defun my/dired-rename-file (file newname ok-if-already-exists)
  "Store org-link to the renamed file."
  (push (list newname (file-name-nondirectory newname)) org-stored-links))

(advice-add #'dired-rename-file :after #'my/dired-rename-file)

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