I only want certain files to be added to the agenda. I'm using the following code to achieve that:

(use-package org-agenda
  :ensure nil
    (concat org-directory "/bookmarks.org")
    (concat org-directory "/calendar.org")
    (concat org-directory "/contacts.org")
    (concat org-directory "/work.org"))))

The problem is that if the files don't exist in the org-directory then Emacs will complain and gives an error. I was wondering if there is a way to rewrite the code above in such a way that the files are only added if they are available. Also, if the org-directory is not available at all I don't want to receive a warning either.

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Why not do something like this:

(seq-filter #'file-exists-p
            (mapcar #'(lambda (file) (file-name-concat org-directory file))

The seq-filter function only appends items to the newly returned list, if the predicate returns t. In this case, the predicate is file-exists-p, but you can do whatever specific thing you like, including a lambda, of course. Instead of passing the files, and concatenating the name manually, this code snippet does so programmatically, using mapcar. Now you can add files ad nauseum. They are just a list of strings.

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    seq-take-while will not work: if the first item does not exist, the rest are going to be ignored as well (untested, but the doc you linked to seems pretty clear). I think you want seq-filter.
    – NickD
    Nov 15, 2022 at 17:28
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    @NickD Rats, I meant seq-filter. Editing... thanks! Nov 15, 2022 at 18:07

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