I’ve written a couple of functions for Emacs' ledger-mode that make working with receipts a bit easier. With the cursor on a transaction, calling
alex/ledger-attach-receipt will prompt for a file. This function copies the file to a receipts directory, renaming it to its hash and sorting it in subdirectories according to the transaction’s year and month1. Finally, the function adds a comment to the transaction with the hash of the file. The function
alex/ledger-open-attached-receipt reads this comment and opens the associated file in Emacs. The receipts folder can be customised through the variable
(defvar alex/ledger-receipt-folder "~/finance/receipts") (defun alex/ledger-get-xact-date () "Read the effective date (before =) of a transaction. Returns the date as a time value." (save-excursion (ledger-navigate-beginning-of-xact) (re-search-forward ledger-iso-date-regexp) (encode-time 0 0 0 (string-to-number (match-string 4)) (string-to-number (match-string 3)) (string-to-number (match-string 2))))) (defun alex/ledger-construct-receipt-path (date hash &optional ext) "Construct a path to a receipt file. DATE is a time value. HASH is a string. EXT is the file extension (with dot) and defaults to .pdf" (unless ext (setq ext ".pdf")) (concat (file-name-as-directory alex/ledger-receipt-folder) (file-name-as-directory (format-time-string "%Y" date)) (file-name-as-directory (format-time-string "%m" date)) hash ext)) (defun alex/ledger-attach-receipt () "Prompt for a receipt file, calculate its hash and move the file to alex/ledger-receipt-folder, renaming it to its hash. Inserts the new file name as a comment to the transaction." (interactive) (let* ((fname (read-file-name "Receipt File Name:")) (fhash (with-temp-buffer (insert-file-contents fname) (secure-hash 'sha1 (current-buffer)))) (xdate (alex/ledger-get-xact-date)) (newpath (alex/ledger-construct-receipt-path xdate fhash (file-name-extension fname t)))) (mkdir (file-name-directory newpath) t) (copy-file fname newpath) (save-excursion (ledger-navigate-beginning-of-xact) (end-of-line) (insert "\n; Receipt: " fhash (file-name-extension fname t)) (indent-line-to ledger-post-account-alignment-column)))) (defun alex/ledger-open-attached-receipt () "Open the receipt file specified by the Receipt tag in a new buffer." (interactive) (save-excursion (ledger-navigate-beginning-of-xact) (let* ((xact-date (alex/ledger-get-xact-date)) (xact-end (save-excursion (ledger-navigate-end-of-xact))) (receipt-pos (re-search-forward "; Receipt: \\(.*\\)" xact-end t nil)) (receipt-hash-fname (match-string 1))) (when (not receipt-pos) (error "No receipt found for current transaction")) (find-file (alex/ledger-construct-receipt-path xact-date (file-name-base receipt-hash-fname) (file-name-extension receipt-hash-fname t))))))
With evil-leader, I’ve bound the attach and open functions to
SPC-I respectively. Combined with git, I’ve found these functions work nicely for sorting scans of receipts.
With the default receipt folder, files get copied to