When I execute a code block in org mode, the output will be tabularized. I want to use this functionality to build a set of commands which I can then execute in a new code block, so I have to remove all pipe characters first. Is there a way to avoid this?

  • May you please provide more detail and an example? – grettke Jan 12 '15 at 22:42

We should set an output handling options in header arguments.

We need output type

scalar, verbatim The results should be interpreted literally—they will not be converted into a table. The results will be inserted into the Org mode buffer as quoted text. E.g., :results value verbatim.

and output format

raw The results are interpreted as raw Org mode code and are inserted directly into the buffer. If the results look like a table they will be aligned as such by Org mode. E.g., :results value raw.

Tabular interpretation is enabled by default (with implicit header args):

#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp
(number-sequence 1 5)

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

To get raw output we need to change :results header argument to verbatim raw:

#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp :results verbatim raw
(number-sequence 1 5)

(1 2 3 4 5)

or define that for whole header (or any level):

* Raw output
:header-args:    :results  verbatim raw

#+begin_src sh
cat <<EOF
| 1 | 2
| a | b

| 1 | 2 |
| a | b |

Org-babel provides more ouptut options. You can read about them at Specific Header Arguments and Header arguments and result types in Org Babel.

  • 1
    Thanks. I meanwhile found another solution using :results output – yahan Jan 14 '15 at 8:01

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