etm is an acronym for event and task manager.
In contrast to most calendar/todo applications, creating items (events, tasks, and so forth) in etm does not require filling out fields in a form. Instead, items are created as free-form text entries using a simple, intuitive format and stored in plain text files. Please see sample entries below for examples.
This source code for this project is available from this website, the Python Software Foundation and GitHub. Packages are also available for several linux distributions including Arch, Debian and Ubuntu.
Please also note the video tutorial, etm-Introduction, listed below. The User Manual is available below and at GitHub wiki.
An etm discussion forum is available at Google Groups.
Items in etm begin with a type character such as an asterisk (event) and continue on one or more lines either until the end of the file is reached or another line is found that begins with a type character. The beginning type character for each item is followed by the item summary and then, perhaps, by one or more
@key value pairs. The order in which such pairs are entered does not matter.
A sales meeting (an event) [s]tarting seven days from today at 9:00am and [e]xtending for one hour with a default [a]lert 5 minutes before the start:
* sales meeting @s +7 9a @e 1h @a 5
The sales meeting with another [a]lert 2 days before the meeting to (e)mail a reminder to a list of recipients:
* sales meeting @s +7 9a @e 1h @a 5 @a 2d: e; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Prepare a report (a task) for the sales meeting [b]eginning 3 days early:
- prepare report @s +7 @b 3
A period [e]xtending 35 minutes (an action) spent working on the report yesterday:
~ report preparation @s -1 @e 35
Get a haircut (a task) on the 24th of the current month and then [r]epeatedly at (d)aily [i]ntervals of (14) days and, [o]n completion, (r)estart from the completion date:
- get haircut @s 24 @r d &i 14 @o r
Payday (an occasion) on the last week day of each month. The
&s -1 part of the entry extracts the last date which is both a weekday and falls within the last three days of the month):
^ payday @s 1/1 @r m &w MO, TU, WE, TH, FR &m -1, -2, -3 &s -1
Take a prescribed medication daily (a reminder) [s]tarting today and [r]epeating (d)aily at [h]ours 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm [u]ntil (12am on) the fourth day from today. Trigger the default [a]lert zero minutes before each reminder:
* take Rx @s +0 @r d &h 10, 14, 18, 22 &u +4 @a 0
Move the water sprinkler (a reminder) every thirty mi[n]utes on Sunday afternoons using the default alert zero minutes before each reminder:
* Move sprinkler @s 1 @r n &i 30 &w SU &h 14, 15, 16, 17 @a 0
To limit the sprinkler movement reminders to the [M]onths of April through September each year, append
&M 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 to the @r entry.
Presidential election day (an occasion) every four years on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November:
^ Presidential Election Day @s 2012-11-06 @r y &i 4 &M 11 &m 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 &w TU
Join the etm discussion group (a task) [s]tarting on the first day of the next month. Because of the @g (goto) link, pressing Ctrl-G when the details of this item are displayed in the gui would open the link using the system default application which, in this case, would be your default browser:
- join the etm discussion group @s +1/1 @g http://groups.google.com/group/eventandtaskmanager/topics
Python 2.7.x or python >= 3.3.0 is required.
The following python packages are required for etm but are not included in the python standard library:
Tk and the python module tkinter are also required but are typically already installed on most modern operating systems. If needed, installation instructions are given at www.tkdocs.com/tutorial/install.html.
Download 'etmtk-x.x.x.tar.gz' from this site, unpack the tarball, cd to the resulting directory and do the normal
sudo python setup.py install
for a system installation. You can then run from any directory either
$ etm ?
for information about command line usage or
to open the etm gui.
Alternatively, you can avoid doing a system installation and simply run either
$ python etm ?
$ python etm
from this directory.
Having one of these version control systems is optional but strongly recommended!
With either progam installed, etm will automatically commit any change made to any data file. You can see the history of your changes either to a specific file or to any file from the GUI and, of course, you have the entire range of possibilities for showing changes, restoring previous versions and so forth from the command line.
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Install git and then in a terminal enter your personal information
$ git config --global user.name "John Doe" $ git config --global user.email firstname.lastname@example.org
the editor you would like to use
$ git config --global core.editor vim
and the diff program
$ git config --global merge.tool vimdiff
Usage information can be obtained in several ways from the terminal
$ git help <verb> $ git <verb> --help $ man git-<verb>
Finally, Pro Git by Scott Chacon is available to read or download at:
If you have been using Mercurial and would like to give Git a try, you can import your etm Mercurial records into Git as follows:
$ cd $ git clone git://repo.or.cz/fast-export.git $ git init new_temp_repo $ cd new_temp_repo $ ~/fast-export/hg-fast-export.sh -r /path/to/etm/datadir $ git checkout HEAD
If an "unnamed head" error is reported, try adding
--force to the end of the fast-export line.
At this point, you should have a copy of your etm datadir in
new_temp_repo along with a directory,
.git, that you can copy to the root of your etm datadir where it will join its Mercurial counterpart,
.hg. You can then delete
You can now open
etmtk.cfg for editing and change the setting for
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install it and then create the file ~/.hgrc, if it doesn't already exist, with at least the following two lines:
[ui] username = Your Name <your email address>
By default, etm will use the directory
The first time you run etm it will create, if necessary, the following:
~/.etm/ ~/.etm/etmtk.cfg ~/.etm/etmtk_log.txt ~/.etm/data/
If the data directory needs to be created, then the following structure will be added:
~/.etm/data/ personal/ monthly/ sample/ completions.cfg reports.cfg sample.txt users.cfg shared/ holidays.txt
holidays.txt contain illustrative data entries and the
*.cfg files contain illustrative configuration entries.
The following entry will also be inserted in
calendars: - - personal - true - personal - - sample - true - sample - - shared - true - shared
to illustrate the use of calendars.
The first time you run etm, it will copy your current configuration settings from
~/.etm/etmtk.cfg. You can make any changes you like to the latter file without affecting the former.
You can switch back and forth between etm_qt and etm. Any changes made to your data files by either one will be compatible with the other one.
Please share your ideas in the discussion group at GoogleGroups.
etm's version numbering uses the
major.minor.patch format where each of the three components is an integer:
Major version numbers change whenever there is a large or potentially backward-incompatible change.
Minor version numbers change when a new, minor feature or a set of smaller features is introduced or when a status change has occured.
Patch numbers change for new builds involving small bugfixes or the like. Some new builds may not be released.
When the major version number is incremented, both the minor version number and patch number are reset to zero. Similarly, when the minor version number is incremented, the patch number is reset to zero. All increments are by one.
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This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.