Here is a sample entry:

*** TODO Some Task
SCHEDULED: <2021-07-19 Mon> DEADLINE: <2021-07-01 Thu +1y>

As you can see, it is past deadline. But it is still incomplete and it is scheduled for a future date.

I want such tasks to show in the agenda only on or after the scheduled date, not before.

How do I achieve that?

As a side note, if I set the variable org-agenda-todo-ignore-deadlines to 'past, the global TODO list does not show this item. But the agenda does! Is there a way to force similar behavior for the agenda?

  • org-agenda-skip-deadline-prewarning-if-scheduled does almost what you want, I think (it will still show it on the deadline date itself). I don't know of a built-in way to do it exactly the way you want. Check out the pre-scheduled value in particular.
    – NickD
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 13:04
  • @NickD Thanks. But setting that variable does not seem to help. It seems to be about what to do with the pre -warning. If the deadline is in the future, setting that variable works. But like in my case, when the deadline was in the past, it does not work. Would you mind putting my snippet in your org agenda file and see if it works?
    – deshmukh
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 13:27
  • Isn't that what I said?
    – NickD
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 13:29
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    Perhaps the O.P. can craft something together using a custom skip function -- here is something I wrote up a long time ago, which is not a direct answer, but may be a head-start: emacs.stackexchange.com/a/30194/2287
    – lawlist
    Commented Jul 18, 2021 at 12:45
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    @NickD @lawlist I have edited the question to include some more data. There is a variable org-agenda-todo-ignore-deadlines. It does what I want, but for the global TODO list. Any way I can force the agenda to do what the TODO list is doing?
    – deshmukh
    Commented Jul 19, 2021 at 13:32


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