Good day,

I wanted to use the helm-org-in-buffer-headings function. Yet for some reason helm-org layer is missing. If I install it manually via package list packages it gets deleted with the next start of spacemacs.

How could I get helm-org to work? Maybe I should completely reinstall helm? If I put helm in configuration layers unfortunately helm-org doesn't install. The helm besides the helm-org seems to work fine.

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If helm-org is not part of the helm layer, you can add it to your personal configuration manually. Add the package name to the dotspacemacs-additional-packages list in your .spacemacs file. If you find a nice way to configure it, consider learning a bit about how Spacemacs layers work and add the package to the existing helm layer configuration ;)

Spacemacs is configured to delete any package that does not belong to a layer and isn't in this list. I was confused by this at first too, but now I consider it a nice feature. It allows you to install and audit a package and then have it cleanly removed if you don't like it and want it around anymore.

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    If I add the helm-org in this way it produces the reoccuring error 'Error running timer org-indent-initialize-agent: (void-function org-time-add) [17 times]'. Also helm-org-in-buffer-headings shows only nil results instead of meaningful headings.
    – Rareform
    Dec 2, 2019 at 16:37
  • are you on the master or develop branch? i just installed helm-org and i'm not seeing that org-indent-intialize-agent error. you could try recompiling the org package directory, that might fix that error. i am seeing the nil results, but i'm not sure how to setup the package yet.
    – shoshin
    Dec 2, 2019 at 17:03
  • okay, well i tried installing helm and helm-org in a vanilla emacs install and the nil headings doesn't happen. i thought maybe the org-bullets package installed with spacemacs was causing the error, but i excluded it and it still didn't work. I would recommend opening an issue on the Spacemacs github and see if anyone can help out. in the meantime, you can try helm-org-rifle and its various functions to see if you can get the functionality you need with a different package?
    – shoshin
    Dec 2, 2019 at 17:28
  • Issue submitted: Git issue
    – Rareform
    Dec 3, 2019 at 15:47
  • @Rareform - sounds like there was an issue between an updated version of org and helm-org. helm-org has been updated and it seems to work with spacemacs now.
    – shoshin
    Dec 4, 2019 at 22:02

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