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Taskfer - todo list manager

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Taskfer - todo list manager

Postby fsmithred » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:56 pm

Help screen (todo-fsr -h)
Note: The help screen has a new option listed (-q) that didn't make it into the readme.
Usage: /usr/bin/todo-fsr <option> [arguments]

With no options: The script prompts the user to enter all fields.
Entry screen repeats until you hit ENTER without
typing anything in the fields.

Valid date formats: month before day, year can be
first or last, but must be four digits.
examples: yyyy-mm-dd, mm/dd/yyyy,
mm/dd, today, tomorrow, next week, tue.
You don't need to quote dates with spaces in this
entry method.

valid options:
-a, --add add/append entry to task list. Free-form dates with
spaces need to be quoted. Message may need quotes.
todo -a <tag> <due-date> <message>

-d, --due [date] recall entries by due date, quotes not needed.
No argument shows tasks due today.

-x, --del delete a line from the task list
-xr or -rdel reverses the sort

-e, -edit edit the task list.

-h, --help display this help and exit

-i, interactive entry

-k <keyword> recall entries by keyword or phrase. Quote phrases.

-l, -list list all entries.

-n, --none list entries with "none" for due date

-p, --print [n] print to file next [n] days, one date-stamped file
for each due date; default 8 (incl. today)

-pw [n] print the next [n] days in a single, date-stamped
file; default 8 days (incl. today)

-r, --recur enter a recurrent event. (Every day, week, month)

-q --quaque enter recurrent (Every N days, weeks or months)

-t, --tag <tag> recall entries by tag

-v, --version display version information

-w, --week [n] recall next [n] days; default 8 (incl. today)

--clean removes all entries with due dates older than today

taskfer for Debian

Taskfer (a.k.a. todo or todo-fsr) is a simple command-line todo list
manager that runs in bash.

Copyright 2010, 2011, 2013 fsmithred <[email protected]>
License: Artistic License 2.0


Installing from full package tarball:

Easy way:
tar -xvzf taskfer<version>
cd taskfer<version>
todo -h
(or 'todo-fsr -h' in some versions)

Manual setup:
The executable script is named todo for easy typing. Put it in your
path ($HOME/bin is a good choice), or run from the current directory as
./todo [option]

Put taskferrc in $HOME/.taskfer (or don't. this is optional.)
Edit taskferrc to customize the paths.

Edit the taskfer_dir variable in the main script if you want
the config and working files in some other directory.
It's near the beginning, and it looks like this:

Installing from Debian package:

dpkg -i taskfer_<version>.deb
taskfer-setup (optional - this will put a copy of taskferrc in
$HOME/.taskfer, if you want to change the default pager or editor.)



There are four ways to make an entry:

1. Use the -i option (interactive)
Script asks you to enter tag, date and message, one
item at a time. (See below for more information about entries.)

2. Use the -a option (add/append)
todo -a <tag> <date> <message text>

All information you want to enter goes on the command line. Leave
a space between each field. Free-form dates with spaces, like
"next week" or "Nov 15" need to be quoted. The message text may or
may not need quotes, depending on what symbols it contains.
Parentheses and semi-colons are known to be a problem; if you use them,
quote the whole text message.

If the date is in the past, you will be asked if you want to continue.
All fields must be entered. If you forget a tag or a date, you'll get
the wrong information in that field in the task list.

3. Use no option
Run the script with no options, and you will be prompted to enter
a tag, a date, and a message, all on one line, separated by semi-colons.
Spaces don't matter, but be consistent about whether you use a space
before and after the semi-colon, so your fields line up when you recall
them. Nothing needs to be quoted. It is now safe to use colons in the
message field. (starting with version .04.1)

After you enter the item, you are presented with the entry screen again.
To exit this screen hit the enter key without typing anthing.

4. Use the -r option to enter a recurrent task. You will be prompted to
enter all fields, separated by semi-colons. Fields are tag, date, text,
number of times the event repeats, and length of time between the events
(days, weeks, months).

A note about tags:
Tags can be up to six characters long without messing up the alignment
of the fields on recall. Longer tags will work, but the result won't
look as nice.

No due date:
Add items that don't have a due date by putting n or none in the
due date field. (The script will convert any word beginning with "n" to


todo <option> [argument]

-l, --list
Displays all entries using the pager (default pager is less.) Entries
are sorted by date, with the oldest dates at the top.

-d, --due <due date>
Diplays all entries due on the specified date along with an inline
calendar. If no date is specified, todays tasks will be displayed.
Entries are sorted by tag, in alphanumeric order. (numbers first)
Dates with spaces don't need to be quoted here. For example,

todo -d next week

will show entries with due date one week from today.

-w, --week [n]
Shows all tasks due for the next n days with inline calendar. If n is
ommitted, the next week (today plus 7 days) will be displayed.

-t, --tag <tag>
Displays all entries that have the specified tag. Entries are sorted
by date, with the oldest dates at the top. Inline calendar is displayed.

-k, --key, --keyword <keyword>
Displays all entries that contain the specified key word or phrase
anywhere in the entry, including tags and dates.

-n, --none
displays all entries that have "none" in the due date field.


-x, --del
Displays the entire tasklist with numbered lines and asks which line
to delete, then asks if you want to delete another line. A yes answer
displays the edited list and asks which line to delete. Quits when you
answer with other than y or Y.

-xr, --rdel
Same as -x, --del, but entries are displayed in reverse order.

Removes all entries with due date older than today.

-e, --edit
Opens the tasklist in a text editor. The default is nano and can be
changed by editing taskferrc.

-h, --help -?
Shows a brief help message.

-v, --version
Displays version information.


There are a few ways to get taskfer to remind you automatically that you
have tasks listed for the day (or the week.)

If you log in to a command line environment:
Put a line like this in your .profile, and you'll get to see your tasks
for the week when you log in. Change "todo -w" to "todo -d" to get
the task list for today only.

echo -e "\n\n" && todo -w && echo -e "\n today is: \n $(date +%F) \n"

or simply add:

todo -w

With libnotify-bin:
If you're in a graphical environment, you can use taskfer-notify to give
you a popup window alerting you that there are tasks due today. You
must have libnotify-bin installed (in Debian), and you must put the
taskfer-notify script in your path.

To get the popup when you log in to your desktop, add taskfer-notify
to your startup applications in whatever desktop you're using.

With xfce4-genmon-plugin:
Use taskfer-genmon. See the comments in /usr/bin/taskfer-genmon

Another way would be to make a wrapper script for some application that
you normally run by clicking on a panel button. Edit the button
properties to run a script like the following, make the script
executable, and put it in your path.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# start-iceweasel

$HOME/bin/taskfer-notify (use this line if installed in your home)
/usr/bin/taskfer-notify (use this line if installed from .deb)

exit 0

This is not yet implemented, but can be done. See this discussion -

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