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CALCURSE(1)			Calcurse Manual 		   CALCURSE(1)

       Calcurse - text-based organizer

       calcurse [-h|-v] [-N] [-an] [-t[num]] [-c<file> | -D<dir>]
		[-i<file>] [-x[format]] [-d <date>|<num>]
		[-s[date]] [-r[range]] [-S <regex>] [--status]

       Calcurse  is a text-based calendar and scheduling application. It helps
       keeping track of events, appointments and everyday  tasks.   A  config-
       urable  notification system reminds user of upcoming deadlines, and the
       curses based interface can be customized to suit user  needs.   All  of
       the commands are documented within an online help system.

       The following options are supported:

       -a, --appointment
	      Print  the appointments and events for the current day and exit.
	      Note: the calendar from which to read the  appointments  can  be
	      specified using the '-c' flag.

       -c <file>, --calendar <file>
	      Specify  the  calendar  file  to	use.  The  default calendar is
	      '~/.calcurse/apts' (see section FILES  below).  This  option  is
	      incompatible with -D.

       -d <date|num>, --day <date|num>
	      Print  the appointments and events for the given date or for the
	      given number of upcoming days, depending on the argument format.
	      Two possible formats are supported:

		o  a date (see below for possible formats).

		o  a number 'n'.

	      In  the  first  case,  the  appointments and events list for the
	      specified date will be returned, while in the  second  case  the
	      appointments  and  events list for the 'n' upcoming days will be
	      As an example, typing 'calcurse -d 3' will display your appoint-
	      ments  and  events for today, tomorrow, and the day after tomor-
	      The date format used  is	the  one  specified  in  the  'General
	      options' menu.  Four formats are available:

		       1. mm/dd/yyyy

		       2. dd/mm/yyyy

		       3. yyyy/mm/dd

		       4. yyyy-mm-dd

		     Note:  as	for  the '-a' flag, the calendar from which to
		     read the appointments can be  specified  using  the  '-c'

	      -D <dir>, --directory <dir>
		     Specify  the data directory to use. This option is incom-
		     patible with -c.  If not specified, the default directory
		     is '~/.calcurse/'

	      -h, --help
		     Print a short help text describing the supported command-
		     line options, and then exit.

	      -i <file>, --import <file>
		     Import the icalendar data contained in file.

	      -n, --next
		     Print the next appointment within upcoming 24  hours  and
		     exit.  The indicated time is the number of hours and min-
		     utes left before this appointment.
		     Note: the calendar from which to  read  the  appointments
		     can be specified using the '-c' flag.

	      -N, --note
		     When  used  with  the  '-a' or '-t' flag, also print note
		     content if one is associated with the displayed item.

	      -r[num], --range[=num]
		     Print events and appointments for the num number of  days
		     and exit. If no num is given, a range of 1 day is consid-

	      -s[date], --startday[=date]
		     Print events and appointments from date and exit.	If  no
		     date is given, the current day is considered.

	      -S<regex>, --search=<regex>
		     When  used with the '-a', '-d', '-r', '-s', or '-t' flag,
		     print only the items having a  description  that  matches
		     the given regular expression.

		     Display  the  status of running instances of calcurse. If
		     calcurse is running, this will tell  if  the  interactive
		     mode  was	launched  or  if  calcurse is running in back-
		     ground. The process pid will also be indicated.

	      -t[num], --todo[=num]
		     Print the 'todo' list and exit. If  the  optional	number
		     num  is given, then only todos having a priority equal to
		     num will  be  returned.   The  priority  number  must  be
		     between  1  (highest) and 9 (lowest). It is also possible
		     to specify '0' for the priority, in which case only  com-
		     pleted tasks will be shown.

	      -v, --version
		     Display calcurse version and exit.

	      -x[format], --export[=format]
		     Export   user  data  to  the  specified  format.  Events,
		     appointments and todos are converted and echoed  to  std-
		     out.  Two	possible formats are available: ical and pcal.
		     If the optional argument format is not given, ical format
		     is selected by default.
		     Note:  redirect standard output to export data to a file,
		     by issuing a command such as:
		     $ calcurse --export > calcurse.dat

       Calcurse interface contains three different panels (calendar,  appoint-
       ment  list,  and todo list) on which you can perform different actions.
       All the possible actions, together with	their  associated  keystrokes,
       are listed on the status bar. This status bar takes place at the bottom
       of the screen.

       At any time, the built-in help system can be invoked  by  pressing  the
       '?'   key.  Once  viewing  the help screens, informations on a specific
       command can be accessed by pressing the keystroke corresponding to that

       The  calcurse options can be changed from the configuration menu (shown
       when 'C' is hit). Five possible categories are to be chosen from :  the
       color  scheme,  the  layout  (the  location  of the three panels on the
       screen), notification options, key  bindings  configuration  menu,  and
       more  general options (such as automatic save before quitting).	All of
       these options are detailed in the configuration menu.

       The following structure is created in your $HOME directory (or  in  the
       directory you specified with the -D option), the first time calcurse is


       The notes subdirectory contains descriptions of	the  notes  which  are
       attached to appointments, events or todos. One text file is created per
       note, whose name is built using mkstemp(3) and should  be  unique,  but
       with no relation with the corresponding item's description.
       The  conf  file contains the user configuration. The keys file contains
       the user-defined key bindings. The apts file contains all of the user's
       appointments and events, and the todo file contains the todo list.

       Note: if the logging of calcurse daemon activity was set in the notifi-
       cation configuration menu, the extra file  daemon.log  will  appear  in
       calcurse  data directory. This file contains logs about calcurse activ-
       ity when running in background.

       This section describes the environment variables that affect  how  cal-
       curse operates.

	   Specifies the external editor to use for writing notes.

	   If  the VISUAL environment variable is not set, then EDITOR will be
	   used as the default external editor. If none of those variables are
	   set, then /usr/bin/vi is used instead.

	   Specifies  the default viewer to be used for reading notes. If this
	   variable is not set, then /usr/bin/less is used.

       Incorrect highlighting of items appear when using  calcurse  black  and
       white  theme together with a $TERM variable set to xterm-color.	To fix
       this bug, and as advised by Thomas E. Dickey (xterm maintainer), xterm-
       xfree86	should	be  used instead of xterm-color to set the $TERM vari-
	   "The xterm-color value for $TERM is a bad choice for
	    XFree86 xterm because it is commonly used for a
	    terminfo entry which happens to not support bce.
	    Use the xterm-xfree86 entry which is distributed
	    with XFree86 xterm (or the similar one distributed
	    with ncurses)."

       If you find other bugs, please send a report to	calcurse@culot.org  or
       to the author, below.

       vi(1), less(1), ncurses(3), mkstemp(3)
       The     ical    specification	(rfc2445)    can    be	  found    at:
       The pcal project page: http://pcal.sourceforge.net/
       Calcurse home page: http://culot.org/calcurse/
       Calcurse complete manual, translated in many languages  and  maintained
       in  html format, can be found in the doc/ directory of the source pack-
       age, or at: http://culot.org/calcurse/manual.html

       Frederic Culot <frederic  .at.  culot .dot. org>.

       Copyright (c) 2004-2010 by Frederic Culot.
       This software is released under the BSD License.

Version 2.8			 May 26, 2010			   CALCURSE(1)