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I would like to define a sparse tree search in Org mode which returns all TODO s which are in an active state and do not have either a DEADLINE or SCHEDULE assigned.

I tried C-c / m and then entering DEADLINE=|SCHEDULED=/!

but that does not work. /! correctly works in returning only action items in an active state but I do not know how to further reduce those which have no DEADLINE or no SCHEDULED date set.

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    What is a "TODO in an active state"? What distinguishes them from other TODO items? – NickD Oct 20 '17 at 14:28
  • The are on the left side of the | as in #+TODO: TODO(!) | DONE(!) CANCELED(!) DELEGATED(!) – JohnDoe Oct 20 '17 at 18:54
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I think you almost got it. Try

+DEADLINE=""+SCHEDULED=""/!
  • Nice, thanks. How would you make it search for active timestamps? – Emmanuel Goldstein Feb 14 at 8:22

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