jrnl is a personal journal management application.
Set up your journal by printing out a config file, like so:
and fill out the path to the root of your journal.
Open up today's journal entry with
which will open up today's journal entry in your favourite text editor.
Using jrnl grep
jrnl also comes with a grep wrapper which you can invoke as follows:
jrnl grep [OPTIONS] PATTERN
OPTIONS are normal grep
You can generate a timestamp before opening the entry by using the
or you can have timestamps always written by specifying so in your config file.
Negative date offsets
You can open up another date's journal entry by specifying a date as an argument. One way of doing this is with negative date offsets: for example, to open up yesterday's journal run
Another way to pass a date to jrnl is with a date string (wrapped in
quotes if it contains spaces). jrnl uses
dateutil's fuzzy date parser to
parse the strings you pass in, which lets you specify dates like
"Nov 7 2017":
jrnl "Nov 7 2017"
dateutil can do more: for example, specifying the 4th of the current month's date with
Accessing the latest existing entry
You can open the latest existing journal entry with
HEAD like so:
LATEST—all of which are case
Accessing an existing entry's ancestor
You can access the ancestor of an existing entry with suffixes
~N (for the Nth ancestor). These work almost identically to the same
git. For example, to find the fifth last existing journal
enty, you can do
These suffixes can be stacked and combined in any way you like.
Accessing the closest existing entry to a given date
To access the closest existing journal entry for a given date, add the
@ suffix to the date. For example, to find the closest entry to
2017-01-01, you'd do
Opening multiple entries
To open up multiple entries simply pass in multiple date arguments. For example,
jrnl -7 "Jan 01 2016" 20180504
will open entries for a week ago, 2018-01-01, and 2018-05-04.
Extending a date past midnight
If in your config file you have
N is some postive integer; then for a given date, at 0
earlier, jrnl will open up the day before's journal entry.
When it's 02:00, we're likely to refer to this time as night, rather than morning. Likewise, you might want a journal chunk (for lack of a better term) written at 02:00 to be in the same entry as chunks from (technically) the previous day. If you do want such a thing, you can specify a time in your config file: at any time before this specified time (inclusive), jrnl will open up the day before's journal entry.
Right now you're constrained to having a journal structure like so:
journal_root/ journal_root/2017/ journal_root/2017/2017-07-05.txt journal_root/2017/2017-09-01.txt
and if you want to use all the features you're going to need to be okay with ISO 8601-based timestamps:
2017-09-01 21:06 You'd write stuff here. 22:30 And more stuff here.
How do I install this?
sudo pip3 install jrnl-mw
or just run the
run_jrnl.py script directly.