in org-mode, a function to delete all properties drawers?

I use Pandoc to convert from HTML and Markdown to org-mode. The conversion leaves lots of extraneous org-mode PROPERTIES drawers. How can I direct org-mode to delete all PROPERTIES drawers?

ADDITION: I'm using this shell script to run the conversion.

function pandoc2org () {
basename=${1%%.*} # remove old file extension pandoc -s -S "$1" -o $basename.org # name file as oldfile.org }  • Why not a shell script to remove all lines starting with : ? You can pipe the output of pandoc directly into it. Or are there other drawers after the conversion too? – dangom Apr 3 '17 at 23:24 • @dangom How would I do that? – incandescentman Apr 3 '17 at 23:26 • Tried pandoc -t org file.md | sed '/^:/ d' to do that right now. Problem is the indentation (pandoc adding whitespaces). I'll get it working and post as an answer in a min – dangom Apr 3 '17 at 23:32 1 Answer If you don't mind using a shell script to accomplish what you want, you can try: pandoc -t org file.md | sed -E "/^[[:space:]]+:/ d" > file.org  This will remove all lines starting with one (or more) spaces followed by a semicolon. I believe you can fit it into your script by doing the following: function pandoc2org () { basename=${1%%.*}
pandoc -s -S "$1" -t org | sed -E "/^[[:space:]]+:/ d" >$basename.org
}


You can find an explanation of the function here.

• Let me know if it doesn't work – dangom Apr 3 '17 at 23:37
• Thanks! How would I add this to my existing script? – incandescentman Apr 3 '17 at 23:44
• @incandescentman just added an edit – dangom Apr 3 '17 at 23:57
• Do you also know how to get the sed command to replace non-breaking spaces (codepoint 160, #o240, #xa0) with regular spaces? I tried adding sed 's/\xA0/ /g' but it didn't work. – incandescentman Apr 4 '17 at 3:08
• Reading the documentation you'll see that the -S option you are using in your script forces the insertion of non-breaking spaces. If there is no particular reason for you to use it, remove it. – dangom Apr 4 '17 at 9:14