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Use the sorting tag for questions involving arranging things in a defined order: sorting lines alphabetically, bibtex entries by date or author, emails by sender, completion candidates by various criteria, etc.

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org: How to sort headings by TODO and then by priority?

I often have a list like this: * Main heading ** TODO [#A] Make world better ** TODO [#B] Make Emacs better ** TODO [#B] Customize emacs ** DONE [#C] some task ** TODO [#A] Launch rocket to mars I ...
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Sort file names (numbered) in dired

When Dired sorts files by name, it sorts in alphabetical order. That's fine with letters; however, when the file names start with numbers, it would be better to sort in numerical value. Example: ...
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Sorting headings in an ORG file

I'm taking notes in a largish org-mode file that has the following structure: * Toto, A Notes about Toto. * Titi, C Notes about Titi. * Tutu, A Notes about Tutu. I'd like to sort the file so that ...
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dired - sort and hide by default

More often than not, when I open a dired buffer, I press ( to run dired-hide-details-mode s to rundired-sort-toggle-or-edit What's a good way to have these done automatically every time I open a ...
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Sorting lines with accented characters

When sorting the lines by sort-lines the lines beginning with ä comes after the lines starting with z. It would be nice if the lines could be sorted ignoring the accents, Umlauts, etc, like in a ...
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How to alphabetize strings with diacritics?

Q: how do I alphabetize strings with diacritics? Problem I have a long list of author names, some of whom have letters with diacritics in their names (e.g., "á" or "é"). I want to sort this list ...
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How to make private python methods the last company-mode choices?

I'm using emacs with company-mode and I'd like the 'private' methods (method that start with underline) to be shown last, since they are kind of useless for imported libraries in python. See the image:...
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Change order of symbols for «sort-lines»

I am using «sort-lines» to sort includes in C/C++ files before saving. The problem that arises is that a headers with " symbols sorted higher than ones with < symbols. But I want the reverse. How ...
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Change field separator for sort-fields

sort-fields and sort-numeric-fields work great; but the field separator is whitespace. I would like to use a different delimiter (e.g.: [colon-char]). I want this feature because I find myself ...
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Sorting org-mode org-agenda file

I have an org-mode file in standard agenda format: * Dentist <2015-10-01> * Put up shelves <2015-10-05> I'm just starting to use org-agenda but I still use just that single file a lot ...
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Sort by a suffix in file names in dired

I would like to sort the dired buffer by a suffix in the file names. For instance, with the following buffer content: /nixos/nix/store: total used in directory 140344 available 17530560 drwxrwxr-t ...
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Find files with find-dired sorting by date and by size

I often use find-dired and find-named-dired. But I wanted to get the results sorted by date and by size. How can I do that?
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Sort ripgrep results based on proximity to current buffer

I use counsel-projectile-rg to search within the project I work on. But there is my sub-project inside this big repo that most of my development is in. Is there a way to sort ripgrep results based on ...
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sorting paragraphs of a document by paragraph numbers (not lexicographically)

I have a document whose paragraphs start with a number like this: 101 kjwdujd dkjcjiekrd wekdhehwrd kwedhiehrc wekdhchjedc kjdchhedch . 99 dsjcoiedc wdhiwedc wedhiuwhediuhewdkdeh wedghiuwghediughedc ...
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Sorting an org-table numerically, ignoring commas (org-table-sort-lines)

I have the following org-table: | Row # | Facility | Recycled Off-site | |-------+--------------------------+-------------------+ | 1 | 1234, 12th st, jamestown | 216,...
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How to sort bash functions alphabetically?

My boss is a bit of a neat freak. He wants the functions in my functions.sh be ordered alphabetically. foo() { echo foo } baa() { echo baa } So baa should appear first in the file. Can emacs ...
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Randomize headers in Org mode

How can I randomize headers in org mode? e.g. If I had a list like this, : * apple 1 * lemon 2 * banana * orange How can I randomize those headers and get lists like these?: * lemon 2 * ...
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Sorting words with hyphens (e.g. in a Lisp mode)

SortWords in the EmacsWiki suggests this function as a way to sort words: (defun sort-words (reverse beg end) "Sort words in region alphabetically, in REVERSE if negative. When prefixed with ...
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Sort Chinese Characters in Emacs

Is there a ready-made function that sorts Chinese characters (by pinyin or stroke number) in Emacs in an org-table or line by line in regular text? If not, how should one go about writing such ...
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Sort org-agenda items by category

When using the agenda in org-mode to show my daily tasks, there's a bunch of tasks scheduled for that day (or with past deadlines) that appear at the bottom. I'd like these tasks, and only these, to ...
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how to sort describe-variable completion list by recency (or frequency)?

When I run describe-variable, then choose something, I often wind up looking at the same variable again later or next session. However, when I do describe-variable again, the helm list of variables ...
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Sort list by decreasing length of the strings

I have this list: (setq MYLIST '("J. Phys." "New. J. Phys." "J. Phys. Soc. Jap." "Phys. Plasmas")) How can I get a new list ordered by the decreasing ...
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Is there a way to change order of the key in a hashtable?

Say i have following keys in hashtable: "first1" "second2" "third3" "forth4" Is there a way to put key "third3" at the top. So that when i run func hash-table-keys i get following list: ("third3" "...
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Is there a timsort implementation in Emacs Lisp?

Timsort is the default sort algo of Python and Java and it performs better than mergesort on roughly sorted lists. I could not find any implementation of this in Elisp. How can I find out whether ...
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How does sorting work within habits?

I think I have a reasonable handle on agenda custom sorting, but I can't figure out how habits sort themselves within that agendas. For a certain agenda view I sort as '(time-up habit-down todo-state-...
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Reverse suggestions from hippie-expand

I currently have the following settings for hippie-expand in my .emacs file: (setq hippie-expand-try-functions-list '(try-expand-dabbrev try-expand-dabbrev-all-buffers try-expand-dabbrev-...
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org-sort-entries recursively

A natural approach to sorting an outline recursively would be the following: (org-map-entries (lambda () (org-sort-entries nil ?f 'my/sort-function) nil 'tree) ...
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How to put buffers named with an asterisk at the end of ido's selection list?

with (ido-switch-buffer), when I type stuff, "*magit: stuff*" comes before Stuff.txt. the sorting seems to be done by recency, rather than the buffer name. more generally, a custom sort function ...
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is there a way to sort only on second level headlines in org mode?

is there a way to sort only on second level headlines in org mode? i am outlining a novel with top level headline being the chapter number and the second level headline being the timeline of the ...
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Implementing (org-agenda) sort comparison function in terms of presence of list items

I want to implement an org-agenda-cmp-user-defined for use with org-agenda-sorting-strategy and user-defined-up / user-defined-down. In order to do that, I have two lists of tags I need to compare, ...
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How to sort an association list (alist)?

Is there a way to sort an association list? In my case I would like to sort the alist elements by the values in each list element (represented by the integers in the example below). Example: (setq ...
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org-agenda-sorting-strategy: items containing no time-of-day specification first

The manual says For the daily/weekly agenda, the items for each day are sorted. The default order is to first collect all items containing an explicit time-of-day specification. 8:30-13:...
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Is there a way to sort buffers alphabetically in speedbar

By default speedbar displays buffers as they are in the buffer list. Is there a way to sort them by their name alphabetically, either automatically or by triggering the sorting?
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Getting a sorted window list

(window-list) returns a list of visible windows. Is it possible to get this list sorted from the most recently active window to the least?
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Elisp: sorting SYM VAL pairs in a setq expression

I wrote a rather clunky elisp function to sort the SYM VAL args in a setq expression alphabetically by SYM. For example: (setq c "blah" (setq a 9 b '(more stuff) --> b '(...
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Sort minor-mode-alist alphabetically (in the mode-line) using :lighter

Q: How to sort the minor-mode-alist alphabetically (in the mode-line) using the :lighter as the criteria for alphabetization. Rough draft that does not work: (setq mode-line-format '( (:eval ...
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Is it possible to sort todos by completion?

Is it possible to sort todos by completion? * Bar [0%] ** TODO Bar1 ** TODO Bar2 * Foo [100%] ** DONE Foo1 CLOSED: [2017-06-18 So 17:51] ** DONE Foo2 CLOSED: [2017-06-18 So 17:51] * Foo1 [0%] **...
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order agenda so all-day and multi-day duration items appear on top

My problem is with two of my main use-cases for time-stamped items (essentially events). Consider these two org-mode items: * Clojure Dojo at uSwitch <2016-11-14 Mon 19:00> * Trip to Jamaica &...
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Dired: manual files sorting for specific directories

I have a directory with many folder. When I open it in dired I see this: bundles ckeditor companies contries failitators induction jquery_update lwt_shared members messages offices ... I often work ...
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How to sort comma separated (or otherwise) text?

Suppose I have the following text: int z; int a; int c; int g; or the following text: z, a, c, g How can I sort them to: int a; int c; int g; int z; and a, c, g, z respectively?
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Ivy: sort candidates by most recently used

I'm coming from Helm to Ivy just to try it out, and one thing I miss greatly from Helm is how the default candidate when hitting M-x is whatever the last command was. Is there some way to sort Ivy's ...
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Why so strange sort in dired mode?

windows 10, emacs 26.1, dired+ here myfolder in dired mode sort by name (by default): Now I want to sort by date (inverse mode). I press s and here result: why file new.txt is above two dots? The ...
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Sort entire hirearchy in an Org mode buffer

Running Emacs 25.2.2. Consider the following heading hierarchy: * L1 ** C *** 2 *** 1 ** B *** 3 *** 2 I want to sort it to: * L1 ** B *** 1 *** 2 ** C *** 2 ...
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sort lines by regexp

I have a todo list in a text file that I maintain with TaskAgent and emacs. TaskAgent adds trailing text to a line to indicate priority (#!!! represents highest, #! represents low, and no mark is ...
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shuffling the paragraphs in a buffer

Is there a package/function for shuffling the paragraphs in the buffer? (I mean to sort the paragraphs with a random order, not changing the paragraphs, just randomizing their order). Motivation: ...
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Sort Dewey Decimal list?

If I have a list of books' call numbers in Dewey Decimal in a buffer, is this something I could sort with Emacs regex -- or is this an elisp task? For example, 261.1 C87 comes before 261.104 Z99 ...
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Most efficient way of sorting a list

Given a plain list like: - buy tea - call Anna - Reply email to John - pay bill 1 - phone Derick - Reply to grad-pa which you don't want to sort alphabetically, how can you sort it? Things like '...
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How to order a single line relative to other lines in a block of text?

How can a line be sorted relative to other lines at the same indentation level? This would be useful whenever adding an item to an ordered list of definitions (file lists or forward definitions). ...
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Why dired+ not save sort mode?

windows 10, Emacs 26.1, Dired+ Suppose I has 3 files and sort it by name in dired mode. Smt like this: OK. Now I sort it by date, press s Here result: OK. Now I edit file 3.txt and after save ...
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Reorder fields using bibtex-mode

I would like to clean up BibTeX entries so that fields always appear in the same order. For example, I would like the order of fields to always be: author, year, title, journal. So, pressing C-c C-q ...