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I'm writing a screenplay using Fountain mode. My org file is set up so there are multiple screenplays in a given file, for example

* Number one!
#+begin_src fountain
  INT A PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO

  EMPEROR NORTON
  Being desirous of allaying the dissensions of party strife now existing within our realm, I do hereby dissolve and abolish the Democratic and Republican parties.
#+end_src

* Number two!
#+begin_src fountain
  INT LETTERS DISPLAYED OVER A DESK

  PHILIP II OF MACEDON
  You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city.

  letter is replaced

  SPARTA
  If.
#+end_src

I want to run an external command to convert one of these screenplays into a pdf. Fountain mode does not have the export functionality I want. It currently has some, but it is being removed in a future release.

If I had the screenplay in a file by itself, I could run a command in bash using wrap: wrap pdf my-screenplay.fountain. But it's not in a file by itself; it's a single source block.

So I'd like to be able to run a command on this single source block.

No org feature I've looked at seems to do this cleanly, although I might be missing something. I've looked at Org export, Org tangle, and Org publish, but as far as I can tell, they only act on a file as a whole.

How can I pass the contents of a single source block to an external command? Ideally I'd also be able to get the name of the headline before the command, so I can name each exported pdf differently.

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I'm not sure what you want, but if you want to export one of the headings to a PDF, you can export it by selecting the sub-heading in the export selection dialog. For example, if you have this:

* Number One
:PROPERTIES:
:EXPORT_FILE_NAME: one
:END:

Put the cursor somewhere on or under the heading, and then C-c C-e C-s where the C-s selects sub-heading, and then choose your export format. PDF via LaTeX, or to plain text which you can then wrap, whatever that is.

The :PROPERTIES: and :EXPORT_FILE_NAME: is not required.

If you want to operate on the SRC block itself, I don't know anything about Fountain, but this works for me:

* Foo

#+NAME: f
#+BEGIN_QUOTE fountain
text here
#+END_QUOTE

#+BEGIN_SRC bash :var f=f
echo $f
#+END_SRC

#+RESULTS:
: text here

That is, change your BEGIN_SRC fountain to BEGIN_EXAMPLE or BEGIN_QUOTE, add a #+NAME: to it, and you can then ingest your Fountain text into a Bash or Python block where you write only the contents of the Fountain source to another file. For example, instead of echo $f you could do echo $f > source.fountain and then wrap that.

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  • I'd rather not have to export to a separate file -- in that case, I might as well just be editing the file directly. For the #+BEGIN_QUOTE version, I can't seem to make it work. When I run it, I get the message "Code block produced no output.", and no output file is produced from the wrap call. Do you know of any ways to debug this? – zck Jan 29 at 6:09

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