# org syntax & agenda

OK i admit it, i've given up. Several weeks of on/off searching trialling and frustration mean i've for now given up. Essentially i decided (for whatever whimsical reason!) to move from the emacs diary to an org file..

So previously my diary simply contained lines such as;

%%(diary-anniversary 10 03 2017) marvin went paranoid - %d yrs old
%%(diary-anniversary 10 13 2017) supply switch over date - %d yrs ago
%%(diary-cyclic 14 1 04 2019) Black bin
%%(diary-cyclic 14 1 11 2019) Blue bin


really simple and it worked, ok the date system takes some remembering as its in x m d y where

• x = number of re-occurrences if a cyclic event

• m = month

• d = day

• y = year

easy enough but backwards for the UK who are always d.m.y or at worst y.m.d.

So after much searching and testing i managed to get an org file working with anniversaries and also a working %d element;

* Anniversaries
%%(org-anniversary 1969 2 14) Arthur Dent - %d yrs old


here you can see the date is easy its in y.m.d format and the %d reports correctly in the agenda, however for cyclic events you still need to use the diary-cyclic format so i have an entry which looks like

* Other dates
<%%(diary-cyclic 26 1 4 2019)>


however nothing shows, i've tried all date formats, different headings, moving it to the start of the file ie no heading but nothing i try manages to get it working. I've searched the googleplex and found indications that the format shown should work but still C-c a and nothing is shown in the org agenda.

Various sites i've search with results;