I changed from Aquamacs to Emacs for Mac OS X (25.3). Now I have an issue with org-mode tables. After writing and before re-aligning it looks like this: before re-align

After re-align the table with C-c C-c or TAB it looks like this: after re-align

When I save the file, restart Emacs and open the org-file again everything looks fine: after restart

Further changes to the table with following re-aligning leed again to the alignemnt-issue. enter image description here

After another restart the table looks fine again. I found a similar problem because of non-use of a monospaced font here. But the default font is monospaced (Menlo). A Change to Monaco-font does not solve the problem either. (C-u C-x = shows

mac-ct:-*-Menlo-normal-normal-normal-*-12-*-*-*-m-0-iso10646-1 (#x4C)


mac-ct:-*-Monaco-normal-normal-normal-*-12-*-*-*-m-0-iso10646-1 (#x4F)

respectively. Does anyone have an idea, why this happens and how to solve it?

Edit: I am using Emacs via Spotlight only.

  • Are you using emacs in a terminal?
    – user12563
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 13:34
  • I think I'm experiencing the same problem, using (GUI) Emacs from homebrew railwaycat/emacsmacport/emacs-mac emacs-25.3-mac-6.8. Tables align themselves after killing the buffer and reopening (no restart needed) but any change to the table causes the alignment to break again.
    – Jon M
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 4:33
  • It looks like that is not only an alignment issue. If you compare the original table with the first aligned one you miss several letters, e.g., at the word incidunt. It might be that you have a display problem. (E.g., incomplete redraw.)
    – Tobias
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 11:23
  • Me, too. It is a display problem because the table alignment is fine when file is displayed in a terminal window. (GNU Emacs 25.3.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin17.2.0, NS appkit-1561.10 Version 10.13.1 (Build 17B48)) of 2017-11-22, Org mode version 9.1.5)
    – Heikki
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 16:15

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Try org-mode version 9.1.5-10 release 2018-01-02. I had a similar problem and it seems that it was caused by a bug in one of the recent small updates to org-mode. The latest update from 02/01/2018 seems to have sorted this problem out. M-x list-packages RET choose org 20180102.

A per the comment below, I have this in .emacs file as well (add-to-list 'package-archives '("org" . "http://orgmode.org/elpa/") t)

  • I had a similar problem, it seems to have been caused by a bug in one of the December releases of org-mode 9.15. I re-installed org-mode with the latest patches. M-x list-packages find org 20180102 and try installing that version. In my case at least, it was the bug from one of the recent version that has been fixed, apparently.
    – Arktik
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 23:14
  • Drew: I hope you are happy now :) - not being sarcastic.
    – Arktik
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 0:42
  • Fixed it for me! FWIW I had to add (add-to-list 'package-archives '("org" . "http://orgmode.org/elpa/") t) to my init.el to see the new version.
    – Jon M
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 7:40

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