sh-todo: A minimal todo-list manager written in POSIX shell
sh-todo is my take on the minimal, command-line task manager. It allows you
to add, view and complete tasks. It also supports marking tasks with a
label/tag/project/context (whatever you want to call it) and filtering the
effect of the supported commands to apply to only tasks with that label.
Completed tasks are marked with a completion date and appended to a log of completed tasks kept in a separate file. They remain visible in your todo list until you choose to clear them.
To install just put the
todone-archive scripts to
somewhere in your
$PATH and copy
~/.sh-todo, editing it to
sh-todo has no external dependencies beyond a POSIX-compliant
For the following examples, you'll have to use your imagination and view
--text-- as strike-through. Output uses the ANSI escape sequence for
strike-through by default, which will be rendered by your terminal if it
Add a task (note, no need to enclose it in quotes):
$ todo update gogdl to take account changes to gog login @hacking @evening $ todo make appointment with doctor for next Monday @chore
View task list:
$ todo • update gogdl to take account changes to gog login [@hacking @evening] • make appointment with doctor for next Monday [@chore]
Complete a task (just give a substring that will match, optionally limit match to given @labels):
$ todone make appointment • --make appointment with doctor for next Monday [@chore] (2012-07-25 16:53)--
View task list again:
$ todo • update gogdl to take account changes to gog login [@hacking @evening] • --make appointment with doctor for next Monday [@chore] (2012-07-25 16:53)--
Take a look at the file containing the todo list (editing with a text editor is encouraged):
$ cat path/to/my/todolist TODO update gogdl to take account changes to gog login [@hacking @evening] DONE make appointment with doctor for next Monday [@chore] (2012-07-25 16:53)
View tasks with a given label:
$ todo @hacking • update gogdl to take account changes to gog login [@hacking @evening]
Remove completed todo items from main todo list:
$ todone-archive • --make appointment with doctor for next Monday [@chore] (2012-07-25 16:53)--
sh-todo - it should be self-explanatory. You just need to set up
$TODONE_F which are where your current todo list and list of
previously completed tasks are kept. Storing these files in a Dropbox or
Ubuntu One folder is useful for syncing between multiple machines.
- My main inspiration is from Jerod Santo's todo/todone in two single-line shell functions.
- Projects with a similar philosophy include t and t-.
- See also gtdo which is a nice minimal todo system with GTD contexts and projects
How can I re-order tasks/delete without completing/edit existing tasks etc etc?
Just open your todo list in your favourite text editor. If you're a vim user, you'll likely find it helpful to set bindings such as these to assist in re-ordering.
How can I review recently completed tasks?
The todone file format is readable enough that
tac /path/to/my/todone | less
may be sufficient, or for a more neatly-formatted solution use
which will group completed tasks in to the days they were completed, and
supports filtering by the given labels.
What is the
This directory holds scripts which may have any combination of the following properties: experimental, reliant on non-POSIX tools or languages, or implementing a feature that is unlikely to be widely useful. Contributions welcome.
I can't see any visual difference between completed and uncompleted tasks
Unfortunately the strike-through ANSI escape sequence is not supported in many
terminal emulators (in fact, gnome-terminal seems to be about the only one). I
have a suggested alternative escape sequence to use you can enable in
~/.sh-todo, which displays completed items in grey.
If you have any comments, suggestions, patches either submit them through github or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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