If I create a bad [[file:link]] or an internal [[Link]] that does not exist, I would like to org-mode to fontify this using org-warning face. How can I get this done?


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In org-9 it might be as simple as this for file links:

 :face (lambda (path) (if (file-exists-p path) 'org-link 'org-warning)))

For internal links I don't know an easy way to do it.

  • Thanks John! This works great. Is there any way to auto-update this, so that once the file is created, the color changes?
    – Adam
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 22:38
  • Not really. It will change the next time it is refontify. If you change the line or refontify the buffer it should change color I think. Commented May 26, 2017 at 22:48
  • Thanks! Is there a way to limit the checking to local files? Emacs shouldn't try to connect to remote files because of this.
    – Timm
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 13:20
  • What does a remote file path look like? You can probably match it with a regexp in a conditional expression. Commented May 31, 2017 at 13:38
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    There is file-remote-p, which seems to do the job. I've modified your code in the following way: (org-link-set-parameters "file" :face (lambda (path) (when (not (file-remote-p path))(if (file-exists-p path) 'org-link 'org-warning))))
    – Timm
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 21:31

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