Suppose I edit an org-file, say /foo/bar/file.org and I want to insert links to multiple files living in another path, say /another/path/to/files/.

A stupid way to do this would be to call helm-find-files, navigate from /foo/bar/ to /another/path/to/file and insert the link to the first file via C-c @ (and enter the link name/description). Then I repeat the complete procedure for all other files.

Slightly more efficient would it be to use helm-resume with universal argument (e.g. C-u C-c h b) and then resume find files. Then there is no need to navigate from one path to the other each time.

I also tried to mark multiple files (via Alt-SPACE) and then press C-c @, but that doesn't work.

So is there a significantly more efficient way to do the same job?

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Since current helm-find-files command does not support to insert multiple candidates as org links, a rough improvement can be made as follows:

(defun helm-files-insert-as-org-link (candidate)
  (let* ((marked-files (helm-marked-candidates :with-wildcard t)))
    (dolist (file marked-files)
      (let ((target (expand-file-name (helm-substitute-in-filename file))))
        (insert (format "[[file:%s] " file))))))

Use Ctrl-SPACE to mark multiple candidates, and insert them.

  • See my post: I already tried this, but C-c @ doesn't work with this.
    – student
    Sep 6, 2020 at 7:18
  • Okay, you are right. It does not work. I will try to figure out a solution. One question: Would you like to insert all files as links in the folder or just part of them? That will make the solution different.
    – Leu_Grady
    Sep 6, 2020 at 8:07
  • Just a part of them which I may have to select manually (sometimes there might be a pattern in the filenames I want, so selecting it via a regexp would be elegant, but this would be another question).
    – student
    Sep 6, 2020 at 19:50
  • 1
    @student see the edits
    – Leu_Grady
    Sep 7, 2020 at 11:06

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