description = ""
title = "Opening Projects with Projectile"
date = 2014-07-12T09:12:34Z
tags = ["emacs", "lisp"]
I use [Projectile] for working with projects in Emacs. It's really good at finding files in projects, working with source code indexes (I use [Global]), and with its [perspective] support, it's also great at separating projects into workspaces. However, I've always felt it lacking in actually opening projects. I tend to work on different projects all the time and `projectile-switch-project` only tracks projects once they've been opened initially (despite the name, it works across Emacs sessions).
With this in mind, I decided to try to add support for opening projects under a given subdirectory, e.g. `~/projects`, regardless of whether or not I've visited them before.
I saw that projectile uses [Dash.el] in some places, and after reading about [anaphoric macros], I decided that I'd try to use them to aid me.
(defun ap/subfolder-projects (dir)
(--map (file-relative-name it dir)
(-filter (lambda (subdir)
(--reduce-from (or acc (funcall it subdir)) nil
(-filter #'file-directory-p (directory-files dir t "\\<")))))
First, this filters the non-special files under `dir`, filtering non-directories. Then it runs the list of `projectile-project-root-files-functions` on it to determine if it looks like a projectile project. To make the list more readable, it makes the filenames relative to the passed-in directory. It runs like this:
(ap/subfolder-projects "~/projects") =>
("dotfiles" "ggtags" …)
So, we've got ourselves a list, but now we need to be able to open the project that's there, even though the folders are relative.
(defun ap/open-subfolder-project (from-dir &optional arg)
(let ((project-dir (projectile-completing-read "Open project: "
(projectile-switch-project-by-name (expand-file-name project-dir from-dir) arg)))
By wrapping the call to `ap/subfolder-projects` in another function that takes the same directory argument, we can re-use the project parent directory and expand the selected project name into an absolute path before passing it to `projectile-switch-project-by-name`.
We get support for multiple completion systems for free, since projectile has a wrapper function that works with the default system, ido, [grizzl] and recently, [helm].
Then I defined some helper functions to make it easy to open work and home projects.
(defvar work-project-directory "~/work")
(defvar home-project-directory "~/projects")
(defun ap/open-work-project (&optional arg)
(ap/open-subfolder-project work-project-directory arg))
(defun ap/open-home-project (&optional arg)
(ap/open-subfolder-project home-project-directory arg))
I could probably simplify this with a macro, but I'm not sure that there's much advantage in it. I only have two project types right now, after all.
With this all set up, whenever I want to start working on a project I just type `M-x home RET` to call up the list.
I also considered trying to add all the projects under a directory to the projectile known project list. I didn't find it quite as easy to use, but it's available below if anyone would prefer that style.
(defun ap/-add-known-subfolder-projects (dir)
(-map #'projectile-add-known-project (--map (concat (file-name-as-directory dir) it) (ap/subfolder-projects dir))))
(defun ap/add-known-subfolder-projects ()
(ap/-add-known-subfolder-projects (ido-read-directory-name "Add projects under: ")))
[Anaphoric macros]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphoric_macro