MHC – Message Harmonized Calendaring system.
MHC is a simple and powerful calendar tool, which consists of a CLI tool written in Ruby (mhc) and a nifty Emacs frontend UI (mhc.el).
You can get the latest version from:
MHC has following features:
- Easy import from existing Emacs buffers
- MHC will guess the title, date, time and description from the content of buffer.
- Simple plain-text data format
- MHC stores articles in similar format to MH (email); you can manipulate them by many other text-manipulation tools, editors, UNIX command-line tools or your own scripts.
- Flexible output format
- Currently plain-text, iCalendar, S-formula (mhc.el, calfw), org-table, howm, JSON: (full-calendar) are supported.
- Selective export to Google Calendar with flexible filters and modifiers.
- MHC can export custom-filtered calendars to Google Calendar via CalDaV. Check mhc-config.yml for details.
- Ruby 2.1 or newer
- Emacs 24 or newer
INSTALL AND SETUP
Ruby CLI (mhc)
mhc CLI command can be installed from rubygems.org.
$ gem install mhc
Or, if you want to install mhc in a sandbox (recommended), Bunlder would help you:
$ gem install bundler $ mkdir /path/to/install/mhc $ cd /path/to/install/mhc $ bundle init $ echo 'gem "mhc"' >> Gemfile $ bundle install --path=vendor/bundle --binstubs=bin $ export PATH=/path/to/install/mhc/bin:$PATH
Then, initialize config file and spool directory:
$ mhc init ~/mhc # Read comments in config.yml carefully $ vi ~/.config/mhc/config.yml # Add Japanese Holidays if needed. $ cp samples/japanese-holidays.mhcc ~/mhc/presets/
Check if mhc is working correctly:
$ mhc scan thismonth
Emacs UI (mhc.el)
You have to install Ruby CLI before install mhc.el
M-x mhc will show up the monthly calendar.
Ruby CLI (mhc)
Emacs UI (mhc.el)
- Jump and Show
h/j/k/lwould work as expected.
Show previous month
Show previous year
Show next month
Show next year
Go to specific month
Toggle message window
Show/scroll message buffer
Search by keyword
- Manipulate articles
Create a new article draft interactively
Open pointed article to edit
Delete pointed article
Copy article temporally as a reusable template
Ebut use the template stored by
- Draft Buffer
Finish editing and register to DB
Discard editing buffer w/o touching DB
MHC stores every article in the form of RFC822-like format.
Once you open a new article draft in Emacs by typing
You may feel the draft is very similar to email’s one.
This is an example of MHC article:
X-SC-Subject: Home party X-SC-Location: my second house X-SC-Day: 20150715 X-SC-Time: 18:00-21:00 X-SC-Category: Private Party X-SC-Cond: X-SC-Duration: X-SC-Record-Id: C34D89F5-27FA-4243-AC6C-168D8D243D9A X-SC-Sequence: 0 This is a sample schedule article about a home party scheduled on 20150715 18:00-21:00. MHC schedule articles are similar to RFC822 style message like this. In the header part, you can place any extra headers you want. if you import an article from existing email, you may want to insert the original email headers such as Subject, From, Date.
Time related headers
MHC has four types of headers to specify time/date-range or recurring conditions:
X-SC-Day: specifies an enumeration of occurrence dates separated by white space:
X-SC-Day: 20150704 ... all-day event X-SC-Day: 20150704-20150705 ... two-days long single event X-SC-Day: 20150704 20150705 ... two all-day events
X-SC-Time: is specified with
X-SC-Time: acts on all enumerated dates in
So, you cannot set multiple-days value (
You can also put
! prefix to specify the exception days (See below about
X-SC-Time: specifies a time range in a day or a point of time like:
X-SC-Time: 10:00-12:00 X-SC-Time: 10:00
You can leave it blank for all-day events.
With the combination of
X-SC-Day:, you can specify some particular
time-range of a day. Currently, you cannot specify a time-range
across the multiple days.
X-SC-Cond: defines a rule of recurrence; weekly, monthly or yearly.
You can place these keywords in
X-SC-Cond: separating by white spaces:
|Day of month|
|Week order in a month|
|Day of week|
|Name of month|
X-SC-Cond: Fri ... Every Friday X-SC-Cond: Tue Fri ... Every Tueday and Friday X-SC-Cond: 31 Aug ... August 31st every year X-SC-Cond: 1 ... First day on every month X-SC-Cond: 1st 3rd Fri ... First and Third Friday every month X-SC-Cond: Fri 13 ... 13th on every month or every Friday (not Friday 13th)
Sometimes you may want to set a particular date as exception.
In such case, you can exclude a date by placing
X-SC-Day:. For example:
X-SC-Day: !20150715 20150716 X-SC-Cond: Wed X-SC-Duration: 20150701-20150731 This article occurs every Wednesday in July 2015 with the exception of 2015-07-15 (Wed) and inclusion of 2015-07-16 (Thu).
X-SC-Duration: acts on
X-SC-Cond: to bounds the recurrence rule
in an inclusive manner.
X-SC-Duration: itself does not define any concrete occurrences and
does not act on
X-SC-Day: !20150715 20150801 X-SC-Cond: Wed X-SC-Duration: 20150701-20150731 Every Wednesday in July 2015 with the exception of 2015-07-15 (Wed) and inclusion of 2015-08-01 (Sat).
INFORMATION FOR DEVELOPERS
INSTALL for developers:
- Install rbenv + ruby-build
(see https://github.com/sstephenson/rbenv#basic-github-checkout for details)
$ git clone https://github.com/sstephenson/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv $ git clone https://github.com/sstephenson/ruby-build.git ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build # Edit your shell dot files to add some path and environment variables.
- Install Latest Ruby and bundler
# Install ruby 2.1.2 $ rbenv install 2.1.2 # Installation check $ rbenv global 2.1.2 $ ruby -v # -> You will see: ruby 2.1.2... # Install bundler for your new Ruby $ gem install bundler # If you want to use Ruby in your sytem, say /usr/bin/ruby $ rbenv global system $ ruby -v
- Clone MHC from github
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:yoshinari-nomura/mhc.git ~/src/mhc
- Set default ruby version in MHC project
$ cd ~/src/mhc $ echo '2.1.2' > .ruby-version $ ruby -v # -> You will see: ruby 2.1.2...
- Install requied gem packages in sandbox ~/src/mhc/vendor/bundle
$ cd ~/src/mhc $ bundle install --path vendor/bundle
- Initialize config file and spool directory
$ bin/mhc init ~/mhc Guessing current local timezone ... ok guess timezone ... Asia/Tokyo Making directries under ~/mhc ... create ~/mhc/draft create ~/mhc/inbox create ~/mhc/presets create ~/mhc/spool create ~/mhc/trash create ~/mhc/status/cache create ~/mhc/status/log create ~/mhc/status/sync_channels Copying config file(s) into ~/.config/mhc/config.yml ... ok copy ~/.config/mhc/config.yml Done. # Read comments in config.yml carefully $ vi ~/.config/mhc/config.yml # Add Japanese Holidays if needed. $ cp samples/japanese-holidays.mhcc ~/mhc/presets/ # Add ~/src/mhc/bin directory to your $PATH for dogfooding $ export PATH=$HOME/src/mhc/bin:$PATH
- Byte-compile Emacs client
$ cd emacs $ make
- Add setup in your
(setq load-path (cons "~/src/mhc/emacs" load-path)) (autoload 'mhc "mhc" "Message Harmonized Calendar system." t) ;; M-x mhc
- Check if TODAY is good.
$ mhc scan today
You may add ~/src/mhc/bin directory to your $PATH for dogfooding
Default configuration directory is
If environment variable
XDG_CONFIG_HOME is set,
it is taken as
~/.config/mhc has these stuffs:
- Configuration file (mandatory).
- Your home-made Ruby functions.
See samples for details.
Location of the spool directory should be set
TOPDIR: element in
For example, if you have
TOPDIR: ~/MHC entry
config.yml, you will have these directory structure
- MHC event database. All events are flatly located
in this directory in the form of
- Draft files of events.
Opening a file in directory by Emacs,
C-cC-cwill move the file into
spooldirectory. (Not implemented yet. Should be empty for now.)
- Mainly same as
spool. You will have a chance to review these events in this directory afterwards. (Not implemented yet. Should be empty for now.)
- Database for fixed anniversary events such as birthdays or national holidays.
- Removed events from
- Cache files for speed-up. You can remove these files without any damage to MHC Database.
- log files for debug. You can remove these files without any damage to MHC DB.
- Sync records of MHC DB. If you remove any files under this directory, MHC Sync will be DAMAGED.
HOW TO CONVERT FROM THE OLD MHC SPOOL
update-uuid.sh would help you.
New format is:
X-SC-Record-Idis now in UUID style.
- Each filename is in the form of
- UUID in
X-SC-Record-Idis same as its file’s base name.
- All articles are flatly placed in TOP/spool/ directory.
$ ./update-uuid.sh ~/Mail/schedule ~/mhc Converting... logfile will be in /Users/nom/mhc/update-uuid.sh34485.log
For Japanese people, character-code conversion might be needed.
$ cd ~/mhc/spool $ find . -name '*.mhc' | xargs -n 10 nkf --overwrite