• I want to use org-drill to do flashcard type training on my ubuntu computer as was showcased in a few youtube videos. It is not clear to me that it works out of the box in 2019.
  • GNU Emacs 25.2.2 Org-mode version 8.2.10
  • Followed instructions [[https://orgmode.org/worg/org-contrib/org-drill.html][orgmode.org::org-drill]] after searching the backbone for org-drill
    • contrib/lisp was not found in the machine using locate
    • I appended (require 'org-drill) to the end of my ~/.emacs and was greeted with a friendly messsage once I restarted emacs.

      +begin_src error

      Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading ‘/home/theusername/.emacs’: File error: Cannot open load file, No such file or directory, org-drill To ensure normal operation, you should investigate and remove the cause of the error in your initialization file. Start Emacs with the ‘--debug-init’ option to view a complete error backtrace.


    • Deleted the require line, restart emacs to try the other method. Interactive (customize-variable org-modules) -> [X] C drill:. The echo area tells me there is an error when I click Apply.

      +begin_src Messages

      Problems while trying to load feature ‘org-drill’


      Using Apply and Save appended the symbol org-drill to the list of things under org-modules inside of my .emacs. [X] C drill: is checked once emacs restarts and the function is not in the namespace of interactive autocomplete.
  • Not sure what to try next.

    +begin_src 2015

    Org-drill in official org-mode repository is out-of-date (2015), and seems that might be the best decision to install the top-notch version from BitBucket.


  • To use melpa, you'll need to add the melpa name & url via Customize Option package-archives . Try this: 1) Do M-x customize-option RET package-archives RET. 2) Click INS button then enter melpa in Archive name: field & https://melpa.org/packages/ in the URL or directory name: field. 3) Click Apply and Save button. 4) Do M-x package-list-packages RET. 5) Search for org-drill. 6) Click org-drill link. 7) Click Install button.
    – Melioratus
    Oct 27, 2019 at 14:59
  • @Melioratus Thanks for that help. Melpa works. Nearly have it working. Going to tinker more to clarify next step.
    – redhouse
    Nov 16, 2019 at 15:13


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