My Spacemacs User Config


1. Preamble

2. Coding

2.1. PHP

2.1.1. Set up keyboard shortcuts for PHPUnit

(with-eval-after-load 'php-mode
  (define-key php-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-t t") 'phpunit-current-test)
  (define-key php-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-t c") 'phpunit-current-class)
  (define-key php-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-t p") 'phpunit-current-project))

2.1.2. Use web-mode for Laravel templates.

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.blade.php\\'" . web-mode))

3. Completion

Ignoring completion case mainly for org-roam - hope it doesn't muss with other stuff.

(setq completion-ignore-case t)

4. Productivity

4.1. org

4.1.1. Agenda Use org-super-agenda a nicer looking agenda.
(setq org-agenda-custom-commands
      '(("g" "Super groups"
         agenda ""
           '((:auto-property "agenda-group")))))
        ("u" "Super view"
         agenda ""
           '(;; Each group has an implicit boolean OR operator between its selectors.
             (:name "Today"  ; Optionally specify section name
                    :time-grid t  ; Items that appear on the time grid
                    :tag "today"
                    :todo "TODAY")  ; Items that have this TODO keyword
             (:name "Important"
                    ;; Single arguments given alone
                    :tag "bills"
                    :priority "A")
             ;; Set order of multiple groups at once
             (:name "Quick wins (< 20 mins)"
                    :effort< "0:20")
             (:name "Cleaning"
                    :tag "cleaning"
                    :order 5)
             (:name "Chores"
                    :tag "chore"
                    :order 5)
             (:name "Stuck"
                    :tag "stuck"
                    :order 2)
             (:name "Town"
                    :tag ("town" "@town")
                    :order 9)
             (:order-multi (2 (:name "Shopping in town"
                                     ;; Boolean AND group matches items that match all subgroups
                                     :and (:tag "shopping" :tag "@town"))
                              ;;(:name "Personal"
                              ;;       :habit t
                              ;;       :tag "personal")
                              (:name "Food-related"
                                     ;; Multiple args given in list with implicit OR
                                        :tag ("food" "dinner"))))
                ;; Groups supply their own section names when none are given
                (:todo "WAITING" :order 8)  ; Set order of this section
                (:todo ("SOMEDAY" "TO-READ" "CHECK" "TO-WATCH" "WATCHING")
                      ;; Show this group at the end of the agenda (since it has the
                      ;; highest number). If you specified this group last, items
                      ;; with these todo keywords that e.g. have priority A would be
                      ;; displayed in that group instead, because items are grouped
                      ;; out in the order the groups are listed.
                      :order 9)
                (:priority<= "B"
                            ;; Show this section after "Today" and "Important", because
                            ;; their order is unspecified, defaulting to 0. Sections
                            ;; are displayed lowest-number-first.
                            :order 3)
                ;; After the last group, the agenda will display items that didn't
                ;; match any of these groups, with the default order position of 99
                )))))) org-timeline

For getting a visual representation of a day plan.

(require 'org-timeline)
(add-hook 'org-agenda-finalize-hook 'org-timeline-insert-timeline :append) org-schedule-effort

See Calculating effort estimates and scheduled times in org-mode.

(defun org-schedule-effort ()
    (org-back-to-heading t)
    (let* (
        (element (org-element-at-point))
        (effort (org-element-property :EFFORT element))
        (scheduled (org-element-property :scheduled element))
        (ts-year-start (org-element-property :year-start scheduled))
        (ts-month-start (org-element-property :month-start scheduled))
        (ts-day-start (org-element-property :day-start scheduled))
        (ts-hour-start (org-element-property :hour-start scheduled))
        (ts-minute-start (org-element-property :minute-start scheduled)) )
      (org-schedule nil (concat
        (format "%s" ts-year-start)
        (if (< ts-month-start 10)
          (concat "0" (format "%s" ts-month-start))
          (format "%s" ts-month-start))
        (if (< ts-day-start 10)
          (concat "0" (format "%s" ts-day-start))
          (format "%s" ts-day-start))
        " "
        (if (< ts-hour-start 10)
          (concat "0" (format "%s" ts-hour-start))
          (format "%s" ts-hour-start))
        (if (< ts-minute-start 10)
          (concat "0" (format "%s" ts-minute-start))
          (format "%s" ts-minute-start))
        effort)) )))

4.1.2. Capturing capture templates
(require 'org-protocol)
;(add-to-list 'load-path "/home/neil/.emacs.d/private/org-protocol-capture-html")
;(require 'org-protocol-capture-html)

(setq org-capture-templates
       (("c" "TODO scheduled today"
         entry (file+headline "~/org/" "Inbox")
         "** TODO %?\n SCHEDULED: %t\n")
        ;; ("w" "Web site"
        ;;  entry (file+olp "/home/shared/commonplace/" "Clippings")
        ;;  "** %c :website:\n%U %?%:initial")

;; to start in insert mode when creating via capture template
(add-hook 'org-capture-mode-hook 'evil-insert-state)

4.1.3. Refiling

(setq org-refile-targets '((nil :maxlevel . 9)
                           (org-agenda-files :maxlevel . 9)))
(setq org-outline-path-complete-in-steps nil)         ; Refile in a single go
(setq org-refile-use-outline-path t)                  ; Show full paths for refiling

(setq org-agenda-files (list
     "~/org/" "~/org/"))

4.1.4. Babel

;; babel
(with-eval-after-load 'org
   '((sql . t)
     (python . t)
     (plantuml . t)
     (sqlite . t)
     (shell . t))))

Without this, the indentation in org-babel src blocks always gets indented without me wanting it to. See:

(setq org-src-preserve-indentation t)

4.1.5. Misc Deleting links


(defun ngm/org-delete-link ()
  "Replace an org link of the format [[LINK][DESCRIPTION]] with DESCRIPTION.
    If the link is of the format [[LINK]], delete the whole org link.

    In both the cases, save the LINK to the kill-ring.

    Execute this command while the point is on or after the hyper-linked org link."
  (when (derived-mode-p 'org-mode)
    (let ((search-invisible t) start end)
        (when (re-search-backward "\\[\\[" nil :noerror)
          (when (re-search-forward "\\[\\[\\(.*?\\)\\(\\]\\[.*?\\)*\\]\\]" nil :noerror)
            (setq start (match-beginning 0))
            (setq end   (match-end 0))
            (kill-new (match-string-no-properties 1)) ; Save the link to kill-ring
            (replace-regexp "\\[\\[.*?\\(\\]\\[\\(.*?\\)\\)*\\]\\]" "\\2" nil start end)))))))

5. Writing and knowledge management

I do my writing mostly in org-journal and org-roam.

(setq org-journal-file-format "")

5.1. Writing mode

A couple of customisations to make writing prose a nice experience.

(defun ngm-visual-line-motion ()
  "So j and k move up and down more like you'd expect in visual line mode"
  (define-key evil-motion-state-map "j" 'evil-next-visual-line)
  (define-key evil-motion-state-map "k" 'evil-previous-visual-line))

(defun ngm-journal-mode ()
  "Set up journalling mode the way that I like it"
  (variable-pitch-mode 1)
  (face-remap-add-relative 'variable-pitch '(:family "Roboto Slab" :height 140))
  (setq company-backends '(company-capf)) ; for org-roam completion

5.2. word counts

Needs the org-wc package.

(require 'org-wc)
(spacemacs/declare-prefix "o" "own-menu")
(spacemacs/set-leader-keys "ow" 'org-wc-display nil)
(spacemacs/set-leader-keys "oc" 'org-cite-insert nil)

5.3. citations

Handy links:

(require 'citeproc)
(require 'oc-csl)
(require 'oc-biblatex)
(setq org-cite-export-processors
'((latex csl)
(t csl)))

(setq org-cite-csl-styles-dir
 (expand-file-name "~/Nextcloud2/Zotero/styles/"))

5.4. org-roam

org-roam builds on top of org-mode, but I feel like it deserves it's own section.

5.4.1. Setup

(setq org-roam-directory "/home/neil/commonplace")
(setq org-roam-dailies-directory "journal")

5.4.2. Load my helper files

(load "~/.emacs.d/private/commonplace-lib/commonplace-lib.el")

5.4.3. Customise the slug function

(with-eval-after-load 'org-roam
  (cl-defmethod org-roam-node-slug ((node org-roam-node))
    (let ((title (org-roam-node-title node)))
      (commonplace/slugify-title title)))

5.4.4. Linking to other files

Because I use export heavily, I'm kind of dependent on file-based links right now (as far as I understand). This is going to be problematic when org-roam v2 rolls around, but cross that bridge when we come to it.

(setq org-roam-prefer-id-links t)

5.4.5. Prefer immediate DB update method.

This updates the DB on save, rather than on an idle timer. I was finding idle timer frustrating, as the unexpected DB update interrupted my flow. Updating on save works better for me, as I tend to pause momentarily after a save anyway, as I usually save at the end of a sentence.


5.4.6. Wikilink syntax for adding links

For inserting links to other wiki pages more quickly, essentially with wikilink syntax. See: Using fuzzy links AKA wikilinks in org-roam.

(require 'key-chord)
(key-chord-mode 1)
(key-chord-define org-mode-map "[[" #'ngm/insert-roam-link)

(defun ngm/insert-roam-link ()
  "Inserts an Org-roam link."
  (insert "[[roam:]]")
  (backward-char 2))

5.4.7. Tags

(setq org-roam-tag-sources '(prop last-directory))

5.4.8. org-roam capture templates

Add CREATED and LASTMODIFIED properties to the new note.

  (setq org-roam-capture-templates
   '(("d" "default" plain "%?"
      :if-new (file+head "${slug}.org"
"#+TITLE: ${title}

      :unnarrowed t)))
  ;; (setq org-roam-capture-templates
  ;;       '(("d" "default" plain (function org-roam--capture-get-point)
  ;;           "%?"
  ;;           :file-name "${slug}"
  ;;           :head "#+title: ${title}\n#+CREATED: %U\n#+LAST_MODIFIED: %U\n\n"
  ;;           :unnarrowed t)))

  ;; (setq org-roam-dailies-capture-templates '(("d" "daily" plain (function org-roam-capture--get-point) ""
  ;;                                             :immediate-finish t
  ;;                                             :file-name "journal/%<%Y-%m-%d>"
  ;;                                             :head "#+TITLE: %<%Y-%m-%d>")))

5.4.9. Updating timestamps on save

I would prefer to do this on org-roam files only. See Update a field (#+LASTMODIFIED: ) at save - How To - Org-roam. Doesn't seem to work though.

(setq time-stamp-active t
      time-stamp-start "#\\+LAST_MODIFIED:[ \t]*"
      time-stamp-end "$"
      time-stamp-format "\[%Y-%02m-%02d %3a %02H:%02M\]")
(add-hook 'before-save-hook 'time-stamp nil)

Using the org-roam-timestamps package.

(add-hook 'org-mode-hook (org-roam-timestamps-mode))

5.4.10. Graph settings

Exclude some of the big files from the graph.

(setq org-roam-graph-exclude-matcher '("sitemap" "index" "recentchanges"))

5.4.11. org-roam-ui

Requires v2. Used to be org-roam-server.

;(require 'websocket)
;(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/private/org-roam-ui")
;(load-library "org-roam-ui")
;(use-package websocket
;              :after org-roam)

;(use-package org-roam-ui
;              :after org-roam ;; or :after org
;              :hook (org-roam . org-roam-ui-mode)
;              :config
;              )

5.4.12. org-roam-bibtex

(setq org-cite-global-bibliography '("~/commonplace/My Library.bib"))

5.4.13. Misc


(setq org-roam-file-exclude-regexp
      (concat "^" (expand-file-name org-roam-directory) "/tempdir/"))

6. Look'n'feel

6.1. Themes


6.2. Solaire


This appears to have been updated and I need to do something

;;(require 'solaire-mode)
;; Enable solaire-mode anywhere it can be enabled
;; (solaire-global-mode +1)
;; ;; To enable solaire-mode unconditionally for certain modes:
;; (add-hook 'ediff-prepare-buffer-hook #'solaire-mode)

;; ;; ...if you use auto-revert-mode, this prevents solaire-mode from turning
;; ;; itself off every time Emacs reverts the file
;; (add-hook 'after-revert-hook #'turn-on-solaire-mode)

;; ;; highlight the minibuffer when it is activated:
;; ;(add-hook 'minibuffer-setup-hook #'solaire-mode-in-minibuffer)

;; ;; if the bright and dark background colors are the wrong way around, use this
;; ;; to switch the backgrounds of the `default` and `solaire-default-face` faces.
;; ;; This should be used *after* you load the active theme!
;; ;;
;; ;; NOTE: This is necessary for themes in the doom-themes package!
;; (solaire-mode-swap-bg)

6.3. Tabs (centaur)

Not currently using this, as I think it broke something.

;; centaur-tabs configuration
                                      ;(require 'centaur-tabs)
                                      ;(centaur-tabs-mode t)
                                      ;(global-set-key (kbd "C-<prior>")  'centaur-tabs-backward)
                                      ;(global-set-key (kbd "C-<next>") 'centaur-tabs-forward)
                                      ;(setq centaur-tabs-set-modified-marker t
                                      ;      centaur-tabs-modified-marker " ● "
                                      ;      centaur-tabs-cycle-scope 'tabs
                                      ;      centaur-tabs-height 35
                                      ;      centaur-tabs-set-icons t
                                      ;      centaur-tabs-close-button " × ")
                                      ;(dolist (centaur-face '(centaur-tabs-selected
                                      ;                        centaur-tabs-selected-modified
                                      ;                        centaur-tabs-unselected
                                      ;                        centaur-tabs-unselected-modified))
                                      ;  (set-face-attribute centaur-face nil :family "Noto Sans Mono" :height 100))

6.4. Helm

    (defun open-local-file-projectile (directory)
      "Helm action function, open projectile file within DIRECTORY
  specify by the keyword projectile-default-file define in
      (let ((default-file (f-join directory (nth 1
                                                  (car (-tree-map (lambda (node)
                                                                    (when (eq (car node) 'projectile-default-file)
                                                                      (format "%s" (cdr node))))
                                                                  (dir-locals-get-class-variables (dir-locals-read-from-dir directory))))))))
        (if (f-exists? default-file)
            (find-file default-file)
          (message "The file %s doesn't exist in the select project" default-file)

(with-eval-after-load "helm-projectile"
  (helm-add-action-to-source "Open default file"

    ;; (add-to-list 'helm-source-projectile-projects-actions '("Open default file" . open-local-file-projectile) t)

 ;(setq completion-styles '(helm-flex))

6.4.1. Remove duplicates in helm command history


(setq history-delete-duplicates t)

6.5. Scrolling

(good-scroll-mode 1)

7. Communications

7.1. mu4e (mail)

;; mu4e
(setq mu4e-maildir "~/Maildir"
      mu4e-attachment-dir "~/downloads"
      mu4e-sent-folder "/Sent"
      mu4e-drafts-folder "/Drafts"
      mu4e-trash-folder "/Trash"
      mu4e-refile-folder "/Archive")

(setq user-mail-address ""
      user-full-name  "Neil Mather")

;; Get mail
(setq mu4e-get-mail-command "mbsync protonmail"
      mu4e-change-filenames-when-moving t   ; needed for mbsync
      mu4e-update-interval 120)             ; update every 2 minutes

(defun htmlize-and-send ()
  "When in an org-mu4e-compose-org-mode message, htmlize and send it."
  (when (member 'org~mu4e-mime-switch-headers-or-body post-command-hook)

(add-hook 'org-ctrl-c-ctrl-c-hook 'htmlize-and-send t)

;; composing mail
                                      ;(setq mu4e-compose-format-flowed nil)
                                      ;(add-hook 'mu4e-compose-mode-hook (lambda () (turn-off-auto-fill) (use-hard-newlines -1)))
;; enable format=flowed
;; - mu4e sets up visual-line-mode and also fill (M-q) to do the right thing
;; - each paragraph is a single long line; at sending, emacs will add the
;;   special line continuation characters.
;; - also see visual-line-fringe-indicators setting below
(setq mu4e-compose-format-flowed t)
;; because it looks like email clients are basically ignoring format=flowed,
;; let's complicate their lives too. send format=flowed with looong lines. :)
(setq fill-flowed-encode-column 998)
;; in mu4e with format=flowed, this gives me feedback where the soft-wraps are
(setq visual-line-fringe-indicators '(left-curly-arrow right-curly-arrow))

;; Send mail
(setq message-send-mail-function 'smtpmail-send-it
      smtpmail-auth-credentials "~/.authinfo" ;; Here I assume you encrypted the credentials
      smtpmail-smtp-server ""
      smtpmail-smtp-service 1025)

;; look'n'feel
(setq mu4e-html2text-command 'mu4e-shr2text)
(setq shr-color-visible-luminance-min 60)
(setq shr-color-visible-distance-min 5)
(setq shr-use-colors nil)
(advice-add #'shr-colorize-region :around (defun shr-no-colourise-region (&rest ignore)))

7.2. IRC (erc)

(setq erc-hide-list '("JOIN" "PART" "QUIT"))

8. Misc

8.1. Long lines

Fix problem with long lines. Was mainly giving me grief with Magit - Magit performance on minified JS and CSS.

(global-so-long-mode 1)

8.2. Tidal

;; tidal
;;(add-to-list 'load-path "/home/neil/.emacs.d/private/tidal")
;;(require 'tidal)

8.3. cook-mode

(load "~/.emacs.d/private/cook-mode/cook-mode.el")

8.4. undo tree

It was leaving lots of junk files on the filesystem.


This disables it globally.

8.4.1. TODO Need to review this, I think it'll be resolved more elegantly upstream at some point.

(with-eval-after-load 'undo-tree
  (setq undo-tree-auto-save-history nil))

9. Elsewhere

9.3. Mentions

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