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  • 19:23 UTC (new) (history) 2021-11-01 Org timer with sound . . . . mbork For today I have another tip. I often need to know when some amount of time has passed. I know about org-timer-set-timer, but I never got to using it because it only gives a screen notification, so it’s useless when you don’t look at the screen. Or so I thought. It turns out that you can set the variable org-clock-sound and have Org play the given file when the timer runs out. Great!


  • 17:56 UTC (new) (history) 2021-10-25 debug-on-variable-change . . . . mbork Yet another short tip for today. (Don’t worry, longer, more involved posts will still happen here;-)!) A few years ago I wrote about a few useful debugging features of Emacs. A few days ago I learned that there are more of them now! About two years after I published that post, Emacs learned how to invoke the debugger every time some variable changes its value.


  • 09:12 UTC (new) (history) 2021-10-16 The funniest bug I've seen in a pretty long time . . . . mbork I might be in the minority, but I actually do like debugging. It’s often like that sort of puzzle game (or an escape room;-)) where you need to find some hidden clues. And often at first you know nothing or very little, but then you gradually pinpoint the problem and finally find it. And sometimes I am really amazed at what craziness lies hidden in the code. Today, I want to share a recent story which I find almost unbelievably hilarious.


  • 16:35 UTC (new) (history) 2021-10-11 Highlighting word differences when diffing . . . . mbork I have a short tip for today. Sometimes it is useful to diff two files (in terminal), highlighting the differences on the level of words. Apparently, GNU diff cannot do that – but Git can. Did you know that you can say git diff –word-diff=color <file1> <file2> even outside any Git repo?