I use org-publish to publish HTML exports of org-mode files quite often to share documents with my coworkers, however, I generate a lot of diagrams with plantuml and gnuplot. These diagrams aren't sent to the remote server when I export the file with C-c C-e P f.

My configuration looks like:

 :base-directory "~/org/"
 :base-extension "org\\|zsh\\|html\\|png"
 :publishing-directory "/ssh:user@server:~/public_html/org/"
 :publishing-function org-html-publish-to-html
 :with-toc t
 :html-preamble t)

If I have an org-mode file that looks like:

* Header
Some prose

#+BEGIN_SRC plantuml :file my-file.png :results raw


How can I get Emacs to automatically publish the linked file (my-file.png) in this case? Even if I publish the whole project the images are not copied.

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In order to publish projects consisting of multiple file types I add the following to my .emacs file:

(setq org-publish-project-alist
     :base-directory "~/path/to/myproject/"
     :publishing-directory "/ssh:user@server:~/public_html/myproject/"
     :publishing-function org-html-publish-to-html
     :auto-preamble t
     :base-directory "~/path/to/myproject/"
     :base-extension "css\\|pdf\\|sh"
     :publishing-directory "/ssh:user@server:~/public_html/myproject"
     :publishing-function org-publish-attachment
     :base-directory "~/path/to/myproject/images"
     :base-extension "png\\|jpg"
     :publishing-directory "/ssh:user@server:~/public_html/myproject/images"
     :publishing-function org-publish-attachment
    ("myprojectweb" :components("myprojectorg" "myprojectother" "myprojectimages"))

This defines an entry myprojectweb which I use when publishing from org-mode using C-c C-e P x. This myprojectweb consists of:

  • the org file(s) as defined in myprojectorg,
  • image files as defined in myprojectimages (which are in a subdirectory), and
  • other files (in this case PDFs, CSS files and shell scripts), which are defined in myprojectother.

These last two entries are published using org-publish-attachment which does nothing but copy the files to the publishing-directory.

  • Tested this and it works great, thanks!
    – Lee H
    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:30

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