I am using auto-insert so that I can get the usual things I use for org mode when opening a new .org file, example:

#+AUTHOR:   Edgar Aroutiounian
#+EMAIL:    edgar.factorial@gmail.com
#+STARTUP:  indent
#+OPTIONS:  toc:nil num:0

and this gets inserted into every new .org file because I added a define-auto-insert for .org files.

The startup in-buffer setting is important to me, unfortunately I can't get it org-mode to respect it. (Before discovering auto-insert, I used a one off function that inserted this stuff and then called org-mode-restart)

Adding a call to revert-buffer at the end of the org-mode-hook doesn't work either because for new files there is nothing to revert to, and obviously putting a org-mode-restart in the add-hook for org-mode will crap out as well.

I found that org-ctrl-c-ctrl-c will redo the in-buffer settings if the mark is placed over the #+STARTUP: indent, so I tried adding (org-ctrl-c-ctrl-c "#+STARTUP: indent\n") to my org-mode-hook, but that didn't work either. (Was that even a good approach?)

How can I get org-mode to reparse my in-buffer settings for all .org files?

  • Consider using the approach described here: you can make auto-insert evaluate arbitrary elisp code before or after inserting text. Dec 2, 2014 at 17:26
  • But I'm not sure about the ordering. Doesn't auto-insert go off before org-mode gets a chance to load.
    – c-o-d
    Dec 2, 2014 at 17:31
  • Well, you can evaluate some elisp both before and after inserting text: before to turn on org-mode and after to call org-mode-restart. Dec 2, 2014 at 17:35
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    Any reason not to customize org-startup-indented, or set it locally in your org-mode hook? You could still set the options you want in the file but not really on immediately reading those options.
    – glucas
    Dec 2, 2014 at 17:37
  • @glucas yay, that worked. While I would have preferred to keep it all in the auto-insert skeleton, I'll take what works now.
    – c-o-d
    Dec 2, 2014 at 17:43

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You can use a function for your auto-insert action, and in that function call org-mode-restart.

For example, this works for me:

(defun my/org-template ()
  (insert "#+STARTUP: indent")

(define-auto-insert "\\.org$" #'my/org-template)

Use (insert-file FILENAME) to insert the contents of a template file instead of just a string.

That said, the simpler approach (as I commented earlier) would be to customize org-mode with the settings you want, so that you do not need to rely on inserting and re-reading content.

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