I recently upgraded to emacs 25.1.1 and noticed my org setup wasn't working as usual. in my init.el I have:

(setq org-directory "~/Dropbox (Personal)/org")
(setq org-archive-location "~/Dropbox (Personal)/org/archive/%s_archive::")
(setq org-agenda-files (list "~/Dropbox (Personal)/org/journal"
                             "~/Dropbox (Personal)/org"
                             "~/Dropbox (Personal)/org/gmail-inbox.org.txt"))

when I view the agenda I'm not seeing any records from /org/journal being pulled in.

If I do M-x describe-variable RET org-agenda-files

I get

org-agenda-files is a variable defined in ‘org.el’.
Its value is
("/Users/kevzettler/Dropbox (Personal)/org/personal.org" "/Users/kevzettler/Dropbox (Personal)/org/plebland.org" "/Users/kevzettler/Dropbox (Personal)/org/tilt.org")

Original value was nil

Which looks like its only setting it to the what's available in "~/Dropbox (Personal)/org"

  • I can't reproduce this. Have you tried to stick for configuring org-agenda-files with EITHER customize OR init.el?
    – Marco Wahl
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 9:18
  • is ~/Dropbox (Personal)/org/journal a dir? Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 8:45
  • @YasushiShoji yes with many .org files in it
    – kevzettler
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 15:36
  • So it seems if I move the org-agenda-files file line to the end of my init.el line it works correctly. I"m not seeing anything else in init.el that would mess up the sequence
    – kevzettler
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 15:37
  • If the code position in init.el is the case, it's hard to figure out without your init.el. Is it possible to post your init.el somehow? Even better, can you make small init.el that can reproduce the same behavior? Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 1:00

1 Answer 1


After install the package you should launch M-x auto-package-update-now

Remove your setting then M-x package-install org-agenda-property

Then follow the Dropbox information Emacs Wiki dropbox

It explain how

(add-to-list 'auto-save-file-name-transforms '("\`./Dropbox/." "/tmp/" t))

(add-to-list 'backup-directory-alist '("\`./Dropbox/." . "/tmp/"))

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