I tried to configure org-publish with some html variables, but I'm getting this error let: Wrong number of arguments: plist-get, 3. I've debug-on-error enabled but doesn't show up the minibuffer.

This is my config .el file.

(require 'ox-publish)
(require 'ox-rss)

;; Initial configuration
(setq project-source "~/org/blog/"
      project-dest   "~/org/public/"
      website-url    "blog.me")

(setq blog-head
  "<link rel=\"stylesheet\" href=\"css/site.css\" type=\"text/css\">")

(setq blog-preamble
  "<div class=\"nav\"><ul>
  <li><a href=\"/\">Home</a></li>
  <li><a href=\"/blog/index.html\">Blog</a></li>
  <li><a href=\"http://github.com/NicolasPetton\">GitHub</a></li>
  <li><a href=\"http://twitter.com/NicolasPetton\">Twitter</a></li>
  <li><a href=\"/contact.html\">Contact</a></li>

(setq org-publish-project-alist
         :base-directory "~/org/blog/"
         :base-extension "org"
         :publishing-directory "~/org/public/"
         :publishing-function org-html-publish-to-html
         :section-numbers nil
         :with-toc nil
         :html-head-extra ,blog-head
         :html-preamble ,blog-preamble)
         :base-directory "~/org/blog/posts/"
         :base-extension "org"
         :publishing-directory "~/org/public/posts/"
         :publishing-function org-html-publish-to-html
         :section-numbers nil
         :with-toc nil
         :html-preamble ,blog-preamble)

         :base-directory "~/org/blog/images/"
         :base-extension "jpg\\|gif\\|png"
         :publishing-directory "~/org/public/images/"
         :publishing-function org-publish-attachment)

         :base-directory "~/org/blog/js/"
         :base-extension "js"
         :publishing-directory "~/org/public/js/"
         :publishing-function org-publish-attachment)

         :base-directory "~/org/blog/css/"
         :base-extension "css"
         :publishing-directory "~/org/public/css/"
         :publishing-function org-publish-attachment)

         :base-directory "~/org/blog/"
         :base-extension "org"
         :publishing-directory "~/org/public/"
         :publishing-function (org-rss-publish-to-rss)
         :html-link-home "http://blog.me"
         :html-link-use-abs-url t)

        ("blog" :components ("org" "posts" "images" "js" "css" "rss"))))


Resetting org-publish-cache
Loading /Users/elia/.emacs.d/.local/cache/org-timestamps/org.cache...done
Publishing file /Users/elia/org/blog/blog-setup.org using ‘org-html-publish-to-html’
Note: sgml-basic-offset, tab-width adjusted to 2
Saving file /Users/elia/org/public/blog-setup.html...
Wrote /Users/elia/org/public/blog-setup.html
Resetting org-publish-cache
Loading /Users/elia/.emacs.d/.local/cache/org-timestamps/posts.cache...done
Resetting org-publish-cache
Loading /Users/elia/.emacs.d/.local/cache/org-timestamps/images.cache...done
Resetting org-publish-cache
Loading /Users/elia/.emacs.d/.local/cache/org-timestamps/js.cache...done
Resetting org-publish-cache
Loading /Users/elia/.emacs.d/.local/cache/org-timestamps/css.cache...done
Skipping unmodified file /Users/elia/org/blog/css/styles.css
Resetting org-publish-cache
Loading /Users/elia/.emacs.d/.local/cache/org-timestamps/rss.cache...done
Publishing file /Users/elia/org/blog/blog-setup.org using ‘org-rss-publish-to-rss’
Saving file /Users/elia/org/blog/blog-setup.org...
Wrote /Users/elia/org/blog/blog-setup.org
let: Wrong number of arguments: plist-get, 3

so yes is ox-rss the problem. I'm using this ox-rss.el locally

  • Show a backtrace, with the complete error msg and some of the call stack. You don't show any code that contains let of plist-get.
    – Drew
    May 16 at 1:47
  • The rss publishing function looks suspect: the parentheses are probably wrong. Whether that's what's behind the error is unknown: you need to give us a backtrace as @Drew requested. Making sure that debug-on-error is t and running org-publish should be enough for that. If you don't get a backtrace, try M-x top-level before checking the variable and re-running org-publish - or start with a fresh session of Emacs.
    – NickD
    May 16 at 2:13
  • 1
    That's not a backtrace: it's just the output. Moreover, there is no indication that I can see that ox-rss is the problem from the output you show. Did you have to get rid of the parentheses around org-rss-publish-to-rss? As it stands, the question is incomplete and possibly misleading. Please fix it.
    – NickD
    May 16 at 12:18
  • What @NickD said. Please post the backtrace you get from debug-on-error.
    – Drew
    May 16 at 14:53

1 Answer 1


Solved by installing org-contrib via elpa.

  • 1
    Please use the edit link on your question to add additional information. The Post Answer button should be used only for complete answers to the question. - From Review
    – NickD
    May 16 at 12:19
  • Installing org-contrib instead of using ox-rss.el file taken from the source, solved the problem. So I would consider it a valid answer to my issue
    – Ganjalf
    May 20 at 8:22

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