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Org agenda supports a powerful exporting function (org-agenda-write), which exports your agenda view to pdf, ps, html.. format beautifully. In this post, I hope to make that process automatically.

More specifically, I'd like to have a cron job that handles everything. A function (org-store-agenda-views) that comes close is described in the same link above. However, after tinkering for two hours, I still can't find what I want.

Currently, I have to do it manually:

  1. Enter org agenda.
  2. Launch log view, so I can see exactly how the entries are clocked.
  3. Launch clock report mode, so I get a nice time summary table.
  4. Fire (org-agenda-write).

As my attempt to do it automatically, I've tried

  (setq org-agenda-custom-commands
    '(("X" "EXPORT" ((agenda "" ((org-agenda-span 7)
                                 (org-agenda-log-mode-items '(closed clock state))
                                 (org-agenda-clockreport-mode t)
                                 (org-agenda-start-on-weekday 0))
                    )) nil (("~/agenda.html" "~/agenda.pdf"))))

as in the link. Notice that org-agenda-log-mode-items and org-agenda-clockreport-mode are the two closest variables I've found. But it did not affect the generated file..

Question

How to generate a full clocked agenda view automatically?

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Setting org-agenda-log-mode-items only affects what items get shown when log mode is on but doesn't turn on log mode. To do that also set org-agenda-start-with-log-mode to t:

  (setq org-agenda-custom-commands
    '(("X" "EXPORT" ((agenda "" ((org-agenda-span 7)
                                 (org-agenda-start-with-log-mode t)
                                 (org-agenda-log-mode-items '(closed clock state))
                                 (org-agenda-clockreport-mode t)
                                 (org-agenda-start-on-weekday 0))
                    )) nil (("~/agenda.html" "~/agenda.pdf"))))
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  • It does not change the exported file. However, by evaluating (setq org-agenda-start-with-log-mode t) first, the exported file changed! Thank you! But this does not work for (setq org-agenda-start-with-clockreport-mode t). I'm still looking for a solution. – Student Apr 22 '20 at 15:09

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