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Re: [O] Repeat only a certain number of times

From: Eric S Fraga
Subject: Re: [O] Repeat only a certain number of times
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:17:43 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.130014 (Ma Gnus v0.14) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 at 12:01, Samuel W. Flint wrote:
> I was wondering, is there a way to set a date-stamp so that it only
> repeats a certain number of times?  If not, what would it take to add
> it?


However, my usual approach (for timetabling lectures, say) is to use:

,----[ C-h f org-clone-subtree-with-time-shift RET ]
| org-clone-subtree-with-time-shift is an interactive compiled Lisp
| function in ‘org.el’.
| (org-clone-subtree-with-time-shift N &optional SHIFT)
| Clone the task (subtree) at point N times.
| The clones will be inserted as siblings.
| In interactive use, the user will be prompted for the number of
| clones to be produced.  If the entry has a timestamp, the user
| will also be prompted for a time shift, which may be a repeater
| as used in time stamps, for example ‘+3d’.  To disable this,
| you can call the function with a universal prefix argument.
| When a valid repeater is given and the entry contains any time
| stamps, the clones will become a sequence in time, with time
| stamps in the subtree shifted for each clone produced.  If SHIFT
| is nil or the empty string, time stamps will be left alone.  The
| ID property of the original subtree is removed.
| If the original subtree did contain time stamps with a repeater,
| the following will happen:
| - the repeater will be removed in each clone
| - an additional clone will be produced, with the current, unshifted
|   date(s) in the entry.
| - the original entry will be placed *after* all the clones, with
|   repeater intact.
| - the start days in the repeater in the original entry will be shifted
|   to past the last clone.
| In this way you can spell out a number of instances of a repeating task,
| and still retain the repeater to cover future instances of the task.
| As described above, N+1 clones are produced when the original
| subtree has a repeater.  Setting N to 0, then, can be used to
| remove the repeater from a subtree and create a shifted clone
| with the original repeater.
| [back]

: Eric S Fraga (0xFFFCF67D), Emacs, Org release_8.3.1-176-g45abec

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