this is slightly embarrassing, but i'm confused about it so:

i run emacs 26.1, org 9.3.

when i use the org exporter to export a file to odt format, tramp fires up and runs on the newly created file. after the .odt is created, in messages i get a message like, "Tramp: Opening connection for file /path/to/new/file.odt" and i have a buffer (and tramp process?) named *tramp/archive file /path/to/new/file.odt*. the new odt file is 'mounted'. when i exit emacs, it first has to 'unmount' the file. it also shows up as a mounted 'drive' in my file manager. i find this very bizarre.

the only things in my init file about tramp are:

  • tramp-backup-directory-alist (set to a file path)

  • tramp-default-method (set to "ssh")

  • tramp-mode-hook auto-sudoedit

my only org-export conf in my init it:

  • require 'ox

  • require 'ox extra

  • ox-extras-activate '(ignore-headlines)


if this is too weird to help me troubleshoot: is there a way to just block/disable tramp? i very rarely use it, and use the odt exporter much more often.

  • M-x customize, tramp, Tramp mode, toggle to off disables it.
    – martian
    Mar 24, 2020 at 22:12

1 Answer 1


You are hit by the new tramp-archive.el package, which regards *.odt files as an archive (like *.tar files). In order to disable this, you might add the following to your ~/.emacs:

(with-eval-after-load 'tramp-archive
  (setq tramp-archive-enabled nil))

However, there might be an error in the org exporter, because tramp-archive is activated only for a file name xxx.odt/ (note the trailing slash). Maybe you report this to the org people.

  • thanks for this. disabling it does work. but then i'm still wondering, what other functionality am i disabling?
    – martian
    Mar 25, 2020 at 19:03
  • Tramp file archives. Since you don't use them, you might not miss them :-) Tramp itself shall still be enabled. Mar 25, 2020 at 19:57

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