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       tkremind - graphical front-end to Remind calendar program


       tkremind [options] [read_file] [write_file] [config_file]


       TkRemind is a graphical front-end to the Remind program.  It provides a
       friendly graphical interface which allows you to view your calendar and
       add  reminders without learning the syntax of Remind.  Although not all
       of Remind's features are available with TkRemind, TkRemind gives you an
       opportunity  to  edit  the  reminder  commands  which it creates.  This
       allows you to learn Remind's syntax and then add extra features as  you
       become a more sophisticated Remind programmer.

       TkRemind  is  written  in  Tcl, and requires version 8.5 (or higher) as
       well as the tcllib extension.  It also requires a wish binary.  If  you
       are  using  Tcl/Tk  8.5,  you may also need either the Img or the tkpng
       extension to handle PNG images.


       TkRemind itself has no options.  However, it passes certain options  on
       to  Remind.   The options it passes are -b, -g, -x, -i and -m.  See the
       Remind man page for details about the options.  Note that TkRemind will
       respect the -m and -b1 options and adjust its appearance accordingly.

       Read_file  is  the  file from which TkRemind reads reminders.  It is in
       standard Remind format.  Write_file  is  the  file  to  which  TkRemind
       writes reminders which you add using the GUI.  If Read_file is omitted,
       it defaults to $HOME/.reminders.  If Write_file is omitted, it defaults
       to Read_file.

       You  may wish to have a different Write_file from Read_file if you want
       to collect all of TkRemind's reminders in one place.  Suppose your main
       file  is $HOME/.reminders and you want TkRemind to put its reminders in
       $HOME/.tkreminders.  In $HOME/.reminders, include the line:

            INCLUDE [getenv("HOME")]/.tkreminders

       Config_file is the file in which TkRemind stores its options.  If it is
       omitted, it defaults to $HOME/.tkremindrt.


       When  you start TkRemind, it displays a calendar for the current month,
       with today's date highlighted.  Reminders are filled into each  box  on
       the  calendar.   If a box contains many reminders, you can scroll it up
       and down by dragging mouse button 2 in the box.  Note that there is  no
       specific  indication  of  an  over-full box; you'll just have to notice
       that the box appears completely full.


       To change to the previous or next month, click the  <-  or  ->  button,
       respectively.    You   can  also  use  the  left/right  arrow  keys  or
       PageUp/PageDown to navigate.

       To change back to the current month, click Today or press the Home key.
       To  go to a specific month, click Go To Date....  This pops up a dialog
       box which allows you to select a month and enter a year.   Once  you've
       done this, click Go to go to the date, or Cancel to cancel.

       To exit TkRemind, click Quit.


       To  add  a  reminder, click button 1 in any day number in the calendar.
       The Add Reminder... dialog will pop up, with values preselected for the
       day you clicked.

       The  dialog  has  six  basic groups of controls.  The first three lines
       select one of three types of reminders.  Choose the  type  of  reminder
       with  the radio buttons, and choose the values of the days, months, and
       years by selecting values from pull-down menus.   The  pull-down  menus
       appear when you click the raised value buttons.

       The next control specifies an expiry date for the reminder.  Select the
       check button to enable an expiry date, and fill  in  the  values  using
       pull-down menus.

       The  third control specifies how much advance notice you want (if any),
       and whether or not weekends and holidays  are  counted  when  computing
       advance notice.

       The fourth control specifies which days Remind considers as part of the
       weekend.  This can affect the interpretation of "weekday" in the second
       and third types of reminders.

       The  fifth  control  associates a time with the reminder.  You can also
       specify advance notice, possibly repeating.

       The sixth control specifies what Remind should do if a  reminder  falls
       on a holiday or weekend.

       Enter the body of the reminder into the Body: text entry.

       To  add  the reminder to the reminder file, click Add to reminder file.
       To close the dialog without adding the reminder to the file, click Can-
       cel.   To  preview  the reminder, click Preview reminder.  This pops up
       the Preview reminder dialog box.


       The Preview reminder dialog box is an excellent way  to  learn  Remind.
       It  displays the Remind command which realizes the reminder you entered
       using the Add Reminder... dialog.  You can edit the  reminder,  thereby
       gaining  access  to  advanced  features of Remind.  You can also use it
       simply to play around and discover Remind's idioms for expressing  dif-
       ferent types of reminders.


       To  print the current month's calendar, click Print... on the main cal-
       endar window.  This brings up the print dialog.  Printing  either  pro-
       duces a PostScript file or sends PostScript to a UNIX command.

       Select the print destination by choosing either To file: or To command:
       in the print dialog.  Press Browse... to bring up a file  browser.   In
       the  file  browser, you can enter a filename in the text entry, double-
       click on a filename in the listbox, or double-click on a  directory  to
       navigate  the  file system.  You can also type the first few characters
       of a file name in the text entry box and press space  to  complete  the
       name to the first matching entry.

       The  Match: box contains a filename wildcard which filters files in the
       listbox.  You can change the filter  and  press  enter  to  rescan  the

       Select  the appropriate paper size and orientation.  Activate Fill page
       if you want the calendar to fill the page.  This should be  the  normal
       case  unless  you  have  many  reminders in a particular day.  (See the
       Rem2PS documentation.)

       Finally, click Print to print or Cancel to cancel.   Note  that  during
       printing,  Remind  is  called  with the -itkremind=1 option and also an
       additional -itkprint=1 option.


       If you created a reminder with TkRemind, it will turn red as the  mouse
       cursor  passes over it in the calendar window.  Click button-1 over the
       reminder and you will be presented with a dialog window whose state  is
       identical  to  the one used to create the reminder.  At this point, you
       can change the reminder by editing the  dialog  entries  and  selecting
       Replace  reminder.   You  can delete the reminder entirely by selecting
       Delete reminder.  The remaining buttons, Preview  reminder  and  Cancel
       operate identically to the dialog in "ADDING REMINDERS."

       Note  that  if  you edit a reminder (using Preview reminder), any edits
       you made are not retained in the dialog box.  You should not attempt to
       edit  such  reminders;  you have to retype them in the Preview reminder

       If the reminder was not created with TkRemind, you can't edit  it  with


       If you have set the "text editor" option correctly, right-clicking on a
       reminder will bring up  a  text  editor  on  the  file  containing  the
       reminder.  The cursor will be positioned on the line that generated the


       If you create "timed" reminders, TkRemind will queue them in the  back-
       ground  and  pop  up boxes as they are triggered.  Additionally, if you
       created the reminder using TkRemind, you will be given  the  option  of
       "turning  off" the reminder for the rest of the day.  TkRemind achieves
       queueing of background reminders by  running  Remind  in  server  mode,
       described later.


       The  final  button  on the calendar window, Options, lets you configure
       certain aspects of TkRemind.  The configuration options are:

       Start up Iconified
              If this is selected, TkRemind starts up  iconified.   Otherwise,
              it starts up in a normal window.

       Show Today's Reminders on Startup
              If  this  is  selected,  TkRemind shows a text window containing
              reminders which would be issued by "remind -q -a -r" on startup,
              and when the date changes at midnight.

       Confirm Quit
              If this is selected, you will be asked to confirm when you press
              Quit.  If not, TkRemind quits without prompting.

       Automatically close pop-up reminders after a minute
              If this is selected, pop-up reminder boxes will be closed  after
              one  minute  has elapsed.  Otherwise, they remain on your screen
              forever until you explicitly dismiss them.

       Beep terminal when popping up a reminder
              If selected, TkRemind beeps the  terminal  bell  when  a  queued
              reminder pops up.

       Deiconify calendar window when popping up a reminder
              If selected, does what it says.

       Run command when popping up a reminder
              If  this  entry is not blank, the specified command is run when-
              ever a background reminder pops up.

       Feed popped-up reminder to command's standard input
              If selected, feeds the text  of  the  reminder  to  the  command
              described above.  The text of the reminder is prefixed by "HH:MM
              ", where HH:MM is the time of the reminder.

       E-mail reminders here if popup not dismissed
              If you enter a non-blank e-mail  address  in  this  field,  then
              TkRemind  will  e-mail  you  a reminder if you don't dismiss the
              popup box within one minute.  This is  useful  if  you  need  to
              leave  your terminal but want your reminders to "follow" you via

       Name or IP address of SMTP server
              TkRemind uses a direct SMTP connection to send mail.  Enter  the
              IP address of your SMTP server here.

       Text Editor
              This specifies a text editor to invoke when a reminder is right-
              clicked.  The characters "%d" are replaced with the lined number
              of  the file containing the reminder, and "%s" are replaced with
              the file name.  Useful strings might be "emacs +%d %s" or  "gvim
              +%d %s"

       Extra Argument for Remind
              This  specifies  any  extra  arguments  that should be passed to
              Remind when 0 you are doing, leave this blank.

       Change entry font...
              This button pops up a font selection dialog that lets you change
              the font used to draw calendar items in the calendar boxes.

       Change heading font...
              Similar  to  Change  entry font, but applies to calendar heading
              (the month and day names and the day numbers.)

       Once you've configured the options the way you like them,  press  Apply
       Options  to  put them into effect, Save Options to put them into effect
       and save them in $HOME/.tkremindrc, or Cancel to cancel any changes you


       TkRemind's main window includes the following keyboard shortcuts:

       Ctrl-Q Quit

       Left Arrow
              Previous Month

       Right Arrow
              Next Month

       Home   Today


       TkRemind performs some basic consistency checks when you add or preview
       a reminder.  However, if you edit a reminder in the previewer, TkRemind
       does  not check the edited reminder.  You can produce illegal reminders
       which may cause problems.  (This is one good reason  to  isolate  TkRe-
       mind's reminders in a separate file.)

       TkRemind  does  not check the body of the reminder in any way.  You can
       use the normal Remind substitution sequences in the body.  Furthermore,
       if  you  use expression-pasting in the body, TkRemind does not validate
       the expressions.

       When TkRemind invokes Remind, it supplies the option:


       on the command line.  So, in your Remind file, you can include:

            IF defined("tkremind")
                 # Then I'm probably being invoked by TkRemind

       You can use this to activate certain reminders in  different  ways  for
       TkRemind (for example).

       TkRemind  uses  tags to keep track of reminders in the script file.  It
       also places special comments in the reminder file to  store  additional
       state.   You  can certainly mix "hand-crafted" reminders with reminders
       created by TkRemind if you are aware of the following rules and limita-

       o      TkRemind  uses  TAGs of the form TKTAGnnn where nnn is a number.
              You should not use such TAGs in hand-crafted reminders.

       o      Do not edit lines starting with "# TKTAGnnn", "# TKEND", or  any
              lines  in  between.   You can move such lines, but be careful to
              move them as a single block.

       o      Hand-crafted reminders cannot be edited with TkRemind,  and  for
              hand-crafted timed reminders, you will not be presented with the
              "Don't remind me again" option when they pop up.


       Remind has a special mode for interacting with programs like  TkRemind.
       This  mode  is  called server mode and is selected by supplying the -z0
       option to Remind.

       In server mode, Remind operates similar to daemon mode, except it reads
       commands  (one per line) from standard input and writes status lines to
       standard output.

       The commands accepted in server mode are:

       EXIT   Terminate the Remind process.  EOF on standard  input  does  the
              same thing.

       STATUS Return the number of queued reminders.

       REREAD Re-read the reminder file

       The status lines written are as follows:

        NOTE reminder time tag
              Signifies  the  beginning of a timed reminder whose trigger time
              is time with tag tag.  If the reminder has no tag,  an  asterisk
              is supplied for tag.  All lines following this line are the body
              of the reminder, until the line NOTE endreminder is transmitted.

       NOTE newdate
              This  line is emitted whenever Remind has detected a rollover of
              the system date.  The front-end program should redraw its calen-
              dar or take whatever other action is needed.

       NOTE reread
              This  line  is  emitted  whenever  the  number  of  reminders in
              Remind's queue changes because of a date rollover  or  a  REREAD
              command.   The  front-end  should  issue  a  STATUS  command  in
              response to this message.

       NOTE queued n
              This line is emitted in response to a STATUS command.  The  num-
              ber n is the number of reminders in the queue.


       TkRemind was written by Dianne Skoll <>

       TkRemind is Copyright 1996-2020 by Dianne Skoll.


       $HOME/.reminders -- default reminder file.

       $HOME/.tkremindrc -- TkRemind saved options.


       remind(1), rem2ps(1)

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