I created such a snippet

$ cat snippets/diary_template 
# -*- mode: snippet -*-
# name: diary template
# key: dt
# condition: t    
# --

**** Personal_Notes
**** Personal_Tasks
**** Project_Notes
**** Project_Tasks(base)

set yas-snippet-dirs as

(require 'yasnippet)
(setq yas-snippet-dirs
      '("~/.doom.d/snippets"                 ;; personal snippets

(yas-global-mode 1) ;; 

Reload the config file and activate the yas-minor mode

In the sdiary.org input dt and strike dt. nothing happened.

What's the problem with my operations?

  • 1
    Hmm, this may require some more debugging. Is the snippet listed in the tables if you run: yas-describe-tables?
    – Xaldew
    Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 7:51
  • No, it is not listed. @Xaldew
    – Wizard
    Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 7:56
  • 1
    Okay, then we know that yas hasn't indexed the snippet for some reason. Can you try to run yas-reload-all followed by yas-describe-tables? It may also be worth trying to use a canonicalized path in yas-snippet-dirs (i.e., remove the tilde).
    – Xaldew
    Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 8:37
  • ty, it working, amazing. @Xaldew
    – Wizard
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 1:54

1 Answer 1


You need to put the snippet into a folder with the name of the mode to use it in as follows:


Check out the documentation:

Organizing snippets > Basic structure:

|-- c-mode
|   `-- printf
|-- java-mode
|   `-- println
`-- text-mode
    |-- email
    `-- time

Expanding snippets > ... > Eligible snippets :

YASnippet does quite a bit of filtering to find out which snippets are eligible for expanding at the current cursor position.

In particular, the following things matter:

  • Currently loaded snippets tables

    These are loaded from a directory hierarchy in your file system. See Organizing Snippets. They are named after major modes like html-mode, ruby-mode, etc…

  • Major mode of the current buffer

    If the currrent major mode matches one of the loaded snippet tables, then all that table's snippets are considered for expansion. Use M-x describe-variable RET major-mode RET to find out which major mode you are in currently.


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