I get the following error when trying to clock into the agenda buffer.

byte-code: Before first headline at position 406 in buffer *Org Agenda*

Doesn't matter the location in the agenda buffer. If I go to the org file org-clock-in works fine. Org clock out works fine from the agenda-buffer.

This feature was working before just fine, I didn't add any new packages, or change my init file before it started, but I tried generating the agenda file off two different org files and see the same thing.

  • How are you trying to clock into the task from the agenda buffer? as lawlist is writing in his answer, this may be due to your not using the agenda command. Agenda commands jump to the relevant org file through stored markers in log lines (or other task related lines). Could point to the fact that you are treating the agenda buffer like a normal org buffer.
    – dfeich
    Jan 29, 2017 at 15:07
  • yes that was the fix
    – mcshicks
    Jan 30, 2017 at 17:16

1 Answer 1


Use the function org-agenda-clock-in instead of org-clock-in.

See: http://orgmode.org/manual/Agenda-commands.html


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