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My org-capture setup:

(setq org-capture-templates
 '(("t" "Todo" entry (file+headline "~/org/gtd.org" "@computer")
        "* TODO %?\n %i\n")
   ("j" "Journal" entry (file+datetree "~/org/gtd.org" "Journal")
        "* %?\nEntered on %U\n %i\n")))

When I file a note via org-capture as a journal entry, it is not saved in the dateree below "Journal" but in the first "2014" node of the document (which does not have a "Journal" parent node).

Does anybody have an idea why this happens or how I can prevent this?

  • The Org doc implies that file+datetree only takes a file path, not a parent node. So you are seeing the expected behavior. – glucas Nov 20 '14 at 16:21
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If it's the only one headline to host a datetree. You can set the DATE_TREE property in the Journal headline, and then there are placed.

But if you want to have more datetrees in the gtd.org file, you should use a file+function target.

Updated

I've been developing a solution for this problem taking in consideration multiple DATETREES for the same file and here is my function:

(defun test-capture-func ()
  (org-capture-put-target-region-and-position)
  (widen)
  (goto-char 1)
  (search-forward-regexp "^\\*+ Journal")
  (let* ((lvl (org-current-level))
         (org-datetree-base-level (+ 1 lvl)))
    (org-narrow-to-subtree)
    (move-end-of-line 1)
    (let* ((date (calendar-gregorian-from-absolute (org-today)))
           (year (nth 2 date))
           (month (car date))
           (day (nth 1 date)))
      (save-restriction
        (goto-char (point-min))
        (org-datetree-find-year-create year)
        (org-datetree-find-month-create year month)
        (org-datetree-find-day-create year month day)
        (goto-char (prog1 (point) (widen)))))
    (org-narrow-to-subtree)
    (org-capture-put :exact-position nil)))

But it's a problem the org implementation of the function org-capture-set-target-location, needs a small modification I'm going to propose to the org developers. The problem is that when you use the function or file+function target, it set the :exact-position property to (point) in the org-capture-plist, so you can't append the template as subheading of the current position heading.

The modification is in the function or file+function target, change the line:

(org-capture-put :exact-position (point))

for:

(unless (memq :exact-position org-capture-plist)
  (org-capture-put :exact-position (point)))

In this way now, you can set in your function :exact-position to nil, as I do in the function above, and then capture puts the templates inside the heading at point.

  • The problem I was monkeypatching is solved in the org mode git master. So after comes to packages, the last two lines of the function can be removed. – Roberto Huelga Nov 24 '14 at 11:05

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