It appears that I've also lost the ability to use Emacs Org basic table editing commands. For example, when I start a table with a | and add the column headings then hit TAB, Emacs returns the same message: Symbol’s value as variable is void: org-enable-table-editor.

  • That might mean that the library (file) where variable org-enable-table-editor is defined has not been loaded. Or it might mean that you are trying to evaluate a function symbol with that name as if it were a variable. If it is a function then you invoke it by (org-enable-table-editor ...) or by passing that symbol to funcall or apply. – Drew Sep 1 '18 at 22:51
  • org-enable-table-editor was removed from the code base a year ago. The new code base that you got with the new version probably does not know about it. The question is why your setup is looking for it: one possibility is that you use it explicitly in one of your initialization files; the other is that you have a "mixed" installation. Are you using the org-mode that comes with emacs? What version of emacs are you running (M-x emacs-version)? What version of org-mode (M-x org-version)? – NickD Sep 2 '18 at 0:10
  • GNU Emacs 25.2.2 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.22.21) of 2017-09-22, modified by Debian; Org mode version 9.1.6 (9.1.6-dist @ /home/go/.emacs.d/elpa/org-20160321/). When I load emacs without my initialization file, the table editor commands work. I'll have to dig through my init routine and find what's causing the problem. – tempestcat Sep 2 '18 at 0:42

The org version (elpa/org-20160321) I was using contained org-enable-table-editor and it was 'removed from the code base a year ago'. I tried to remove it using list-packages but due to dependencies it wasn't removed. I read from a comment in https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20541322/how-to-remove-installed-elpa-package that it should be fine to delete the elpa package and package-initialize will resolve any dependencies.

org table works fine now.

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