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September 25, 2006


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Edward Vielmetti

if you have a lame perl environment, you will end up installing


and then you will be amazed by how quickly you can delete tasks from a command line. this is great.


Looks cool-- any links on how to use it?


You need to tidy up the prompts for email / password - it's very confusing - otherwise this rocks!

Edward Vielmetti

Any chance of getting more documentation or a man page for this? It would help to be able to know e.g. whether the date format includes "tomorrow" (I suppose I could read the code).

Lorance Stinson

The prompts for the email and password do not appear because of buffering. Adding '$| = 1;' without the quotes to line 171 just before 'while (1) {' should solve this.

Lorance Stinson

I was messing around with the source seeing how it works and adding a few features I would like to have. I though it would be cool to look up a particular task if given the ID, perhaps 'todo.pl #ID' or 'todo.pl lookup ID' would work. I tried to add this myself except I can not find a way to download a single task given it's ID. Did I overlook something or does the yaml service not provide this?

Jesse Vincent

For right now, you can search on a task seach of id/k2f

We're still working on getting the real webservices rolled out.

Nathan Anderson

This is great! Now how about a desktop client that will sync with the Hiveminder website? That would make my year.

Nathan Anderson

It looks like the example above:

todo.pl add "Do the dishes [housework]"

does not tag the task with 'housework' but rather includes it in the task text. It should be:

todo.pl --tag housework add "Do the dishes"

Edward Vielmetti

If you look at


you will see a pointer to the day.sh script which I found, that gives you a way to express "hide this todo for 100 days" simply and without manually doing the arithmetic.

I did it this way rather than with a day.pl or with some day library in the perl code beause I already had the day.sh script hanging around.

Mark Eichin

I've got add/del/tag implemented in todo.py (and I've split the config file and protocol handling into their own objects - the perl version being global-heavy makes it hard to reuse from code :-) Anyway, I'll continue fleshing out verbs, but what I'd actually like to have next is and-then and but-first protocol messages... they can just take a pair of task_ids...

(eventually I'd like DownloadTasks to include the next task so I can walk the graph, but that's less important in practice then being able to push things around.)

zhu1 (木匠)

It not easy for me to make this perl script run, even after I install these 3 .pm, I have to give up.
Can you please make a shell script that I can run it as simple as possible?

Thanks a lot.

zhu1 (木匠)

Wish list:

a command tool to process todo.txt as handy as Todo.sh on http://todotxt.com
(no extra install tasks to run ... etc.)

I'm a huge fan of todo.txt

Edward Vielmetti

Still using this! One tip -

I created a directory ("projects") and made a subdirectory for each active project/tag that I'm working on. When I'm in task completion mode I cd to that directory and thus I get a way to do completion on long tag names (just hit tab) and also a way to keep the number of random tags I use down.

I wrote a tiny script "randomline" (from one of the perl cookbooks) that picks one line at random from a file, and wired that up so I can get a random tag's worth of tasks sent to me

(cd $HOME/projects; todo --tag $(ls | randomline))

is what it looks like. A weekly review of sorts is to do randomtodo for a while until I have a pretty good grasp on what's in the collection of things to do without being biased to do the alphabetically early tasks first.


What would be pretty neat would be to integrate this approach with NextAction, which provides a lean, GTD style experience using a standalone JavaScript and HTML page (no web server). See http://trimpath.com/project/wiki/NextAction

Edward Vielmetti

Is there a way to get at the on/today and on/yesterday history from the command line client? It would be really nice to be able to get a quick dump in text of the working set.

Jesse Vincent

We're going to be rolling out more of the History view. Very high on the list is making it accessible from within a group. I'd _like_ it to be available for any search, but there are some obnoxious technical reasons why that's a bit harder than I'd like it to be.


I'm trying this out because my connection to both jabber.org and hiveminder's jabber server seems to be failing.

It would be nice if the script checked for the dependencies and informed if they were missing, or even offered to pick them up using CPAN. Thanks to Edward V. for letting us know what the depends were. Before I read that, all I got was nothing.


Michael Wolf

I don't see how to get extra fields in the output. Specifically, I'd like to keep a shopping list in the notes section of an item, then issue this command to see what I need at the grocery store, hardware store, and various other stores:

todo --tag shopping --show-me-the-notes-also

What syntax am I missing for the final item?

David Picella

Installed OK with OpenSuse 10.3. Where should I specify $EDITOR for braindump and feedback?


David Picella


I added

$ENV{'EDITOR'} = 'kwrite';

to line 3 of todo.pl and it works fantastic!

I normally like 'vi' but in this case 'kwrite' is the way to go!

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