My Spacemacs User Config


This is the [[literate configuration]] source for my [[spacemacs]] user config. I use [[org-babel]] to tangle it together into the actual config file.

Table of Contents

  1. Preamble
  2. Coding
    1. PHP
  3. Productivity
    1. org
  4. Writing and knowledge management
    1. Writing mode
    2. org-roam
  5. Look'n'feel
    1. Themes
    2. Solaire
    3. Tabs (centaur)
    4. Helm
  6. Communications
    1. mu4e (mail)
    2. IRC (erc)
  7. Misc
    1. Long lines
    2. Tidal



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))

Use web-mode for Laravel templates.

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




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
		      ;; 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


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)


(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


;; 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)


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

Writing and knowledge management

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

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

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


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

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)

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.

(setq org-roam-db-update-method 'immediate)

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))


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

org-roam capture templates

Add CREATED and LASTMODIFIED properties to the new note.

(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-directory "journal")
(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>")))

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)

Graph settings

Exclude some of the big files from the graph.

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


org-roam-protocol is needed to be able to click on nodes and have the corresponding file load in Emacs.

(require 'org-roam-protocol)

Try and speed things up a bit. Things are much faster to render for me if I turn off vis.js's physics - but they resulting view is more cluttered unfortunately. But it's kind of unusable with the physics on.

(setq org-roam-server-network-poll nil)
(setq org-roam-server-network-vis-options (json-encode (list (cons 'physics (list (cons 'enabled json-false))))))
(setq org-roam-server-default-exclude-filters "[{ \"tags\": \"journal\", \"id\" : \"Recent changes\", \"id\":\"recentchanges\"  }]")






(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!

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 " โ— "
				      ;      centaur-tabs-cycle-scope 'tabs
				      ;      centaur-tabs-height 35
				      ;      centaur-tabs-set-icons t
				      ;      centaur-tabs-close-button " ร— ")
				      ;(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))


    (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))

Remove duplicates in helm command history


(setq history-delete-duplicates t)


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)))

IRC (erc)

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


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)


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