The org-agenda-daily-view is fancily helpful as a review,
Additionally, I want to append a real-time now line as time elapsed.

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This could be achieved by a work around solution, repeatedly kill and open the daily agenda buffer .

Is it possible to make it update automatically say every five minutes?


You can use timers for this. run-with-timer allows you to run a command every N seconds. run-with-idle-timer is similar but the command runs only after Emacs has been idle for a number of seconds. An argument to both functions will cause the timer to repeat instead of just firing once. I prefer idle timers so they don't interrupt my typing.

To regenerate the default agenda view (with command "a") every 5 minutes (300 seconds):

(run-with-idle-timer 300 t (lambda () (org-agenda nil "a")) )
  • thank you. org-agenda nil means invoke org-agenda but not call a? – Algebra Jan 19 at 3:12
  • If you don't give a second argument it will open the agenda menu to prompt you. – erikstokes Jan 19 at 16:20
  • Excellent!. Is there a way to do this without focusing the agenda buffer, though? – loki Aug 14 at 10:17
  • @loki Try wrapping the org-agenda call with save-window-excursion – erikstokes Aug 14 at 21:40

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