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I'm trying to filter an org mode heading by tag in a dynamic block, but the match syntax is not quite working out.

Example:

#+COLUMNS: %25ITEM %TAGS

* Something                                                       :work:home:
* Other thing                                                          :home:


#+BEGIN: columnview :id global :match "TAGS=\"work\""
| ITEM        | TAGS        |
|-------------+-------------|
| Something   | :work:home: |
| Other thing | :home:      |
#+END: columnview

The :match "TAGS=\"work\"" query returns all headings. How to fix the query so only the headings tagged with work are displayed in the dynamic block?

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  • same problem; any progress/info? – user2583621 Mar 9 '20 at 11:54
  • @user2583621 nope, I could not figure it out... – Thales MG Mar 9 '20 at 18:19
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Try :match "work". IIRC, match already takes care of the "TAGS=\" stuff.

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  • Nope, it produces the same result (both headings are returned). – Thales MG Mar 24 '20 at 12:02
  • OK, I'm not an expert, but I have this working on my machine. I have removed columnview from my #+END: form though, so it just reads #+END:. That, in conjunction with `:match "work" are the only differences between my test file and what you've posted in the OP. Did that help? – mathemacs Mar 25 '20 at 3:33
  • Nope, still does not work for me with the given example. Both headings are listed. – Thales MG Apr 24 '20 at 10:46
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I had the same issue using org-mode 9.0.1. After updating to 9.3.7, it works like a charm. Comparing source code of org-colview.el, it showed that my org-mode version didn't have the match argument. Maybe updating would solve your issue as well? (It seems to me your query syntax is correct.)

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As Paul van Geber said, there was an update to Org-mode that seems to have resolved this issue. I just had to make a slight change in the way my match query was being made.

If I want just the items tagged work, I have to do:

#+BEGIN: columnview :id global :match "work"

... and then run org-update-all-blocks.

If I use TAGS=, I have to match all tags, apparently. For instance, to match the first item in my original example, I need to do:

#+BEGIN: columnview :id global :match "TAGS=\":work:home:\""

... and again org-update-all-dblocks.

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