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Manual Reference Pages  -  TNOTE (1)


        Tnote - Notes for the terminal


Start options
Sorting & search options
Miscellaneous options
Argument options        
Insert the current date


tnote [ options ] [ args ]


Tnote is a terminal alternative to GUI sticky note applications

Start options

Option Argument
-a --add Opt note
  Add a note, the note can be written on the command line and will be automatically added. Alternatively if no text is added your default text editor will be opened for adding text there. The default text editor is defined in ’~/.tnote/tnoterc’.
-b --brief opt index
  Display a brief numbered list of the first line of all notes.   
-d --delete index
  Delete specified entry
-m --modify index
  Modify specified entry by index, opens in default text editor

Sorting & search options

The following can be combined with the above options to narrow down a search, --search allows you to search the contents of a note, --group allows you to group notes by an arbitrary keyword, --importance will allow you to assign an importance of between 1 to 4 to a note, notes by default are sorted by importance first (1 to 4) then by date created. When combined with the --add flag, --importance and --group assign a note to that particular importance or group, --search can’t be combined with --add.
-s --search expr
  Search for text in all notes, returns all notes that contain that text
-i --importance 1-4
  Importance of a note, notes will be ordered by importance first in ascending order, each importance is assigned a colour, notes with an importance of 1 will be highlighted in red, 2 - yellow, 3 - green 4 - default text colour
-g --group group
  Group of a note by any arbitrary word.

Miscellaneous options

  Print out without colour, or colour formatting codes.
  Prints version information & exits
-h --help
  Prints help page & exits

Argument options

All options above with an index or opt index argument can specify a range of notes:-
1 would specify note 1.
: would specify all notes.
5: would specify notes 5 and onwards.
:5 would specify notes 0 to 5.
2:7 would specify notes 2 to 7.
A range of notes separated by commas can also be used eg 1,3,5 minus numbers can also be used so -1 is the last note, -2 is the 2nd to last note etc.
Options with the note or opt note argument requires one specific note number.

Options with the expr argument accept regular expression for finding entries. A few of the basic options are:

? matches any one letter
* matches any number of any letters
^ matches the start of a string
$ matches the end of a string
\\b matches word boundary

Insert the current date

The date can be inserted in to notes, either when adding, or modifying a note by adding :D where you would like the date inserted, which will then be replaced by the current date when the note is saved, the date format can be modified in the ~/.tnote/tnoterc file, see the date(1) man page for formatting options.


When entering a note directly from the command line, be aware that bash, or your chosen shell will intercept it, eg inputting "my shell is $SHELL" will result in a note containing "my shell is bash". this can of course have its advantages, the simplest work around is to enclose the note in single quotes ’ ’, but if you are at all unsure leave the command line blank and add the note through your text editor.


Hopefully none, but probably lots, email me.


Ben Holroyd 2009 <>

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