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I want to ignore a subtree temporarily. I can do this by setting the property :header-args: to :tangle no, but this is not usually visible. Could I have this property set automatically by all subtrees tagged with :notangle:, and removed when the tag is removed; or something to a similar effect?

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    If the subtree will be commented (e.g. with C-c ;) it will not be tangled. – Konstantin Morenko Jan 5 '17 at 15:08
  • @KonstantinMorenko, perfect, thanks! – Toothrot Jan 5 '17 at 15:28
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You could comment the subtree with C-c ; (org-toggle-comment). If the subtree marked COMMENT, it will not be tangled. I use it into my init files (with org-babel-load-file) to temporary exclude some code.

  • If you require you can modify the actual word that triggers the :notangle: behavior moreover you can put there a regex (setq org-comment-string "\(EXCL:\\|COMM:\\|NOTE:\\|PLOT:\\|CTRL:\)") (set-face-attribute 'org-special-keyword nil :foreground "#ff66cc" :background 'unspecified :weight 'bold) – user2016854 Jul 6 at 19:33

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