If you find problems with Org, or if you have questions, remarks, or ideas about it, please mail to the Org mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not a member of the mailing list, your mail will be passed to the list after a moderator has approved it1.
For bug reports, please first try to reproduce the bug with the latest version of Org available—if you are running an outdated version, it is quite possible that the bug has been fixed already. If the bug persists, prepare a report and provide as much information as possible, including the version information of Emacs (M-x emacs-version <RET>) and Org (M-x org-version RET), as well as the Org related setup in .emacs. The easiest way to do this is to use the command
M-x org-submit-bug-report RET
which will put all this information into an Emacs mail buffer so that you only need to add your description. If you re not sending the Email from within Emacs, please copy and paste the content into your Email program.
Sometimes you might face a problem due to an error in your Emacs or Org mode setup. Before reporting a bug, it is very helpful to start Emacs with minimal customizations and reproduce the problem. Doing so often helps you determine if the problem is with your customization or with Org mode itself. You can start a typical minimal session with a command like the example below.
$ emacs -Q -l /path/to/minimal-org.el
However if you are using Org mode as distributed with Emacs, a minimal setup
is not necessary. In that case it is sufficient to start Emacs as
emacs -Q. The
minimal-org.el setup file can have contents as
;;; Minimal setup to load latest 'org-mode' ;; activate debugging (setq debug-on-error t debug-on-signal nil debug-on-quit nil) ;; add latest org-mode to load path (add-to-list 'load-path (expand-file-name "/path/to/org-mode/lisp")) (add-to-list 'load-path (expand-file-name "/path/to/org-mode/contrib/lisp" t))
If an error occurs, a backtrace can be very useful (see below on how to create one). Often a small example file helps, along with clear information about:
If working with Org produces an error with a message you don't understand, you may have hit a bug. The best way to report this is by providing, in addition to what was mentioned above, a backtrace. This is information from the built-in debugger about where and how the error occurred. Here is how to produce a useful backtrace:
C-u M-x org-reload RET
Org -> Refresh/Reload -> Reload Org uncompiled from the
Optionsmenu and select
Enter Debugger on Error(XEmacs has this option in the
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