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CALENDAR(1) FreeBSD General Commands Manual CALENDAR(1)

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calendar [-A num] [-a] [-B num] [-D moon|sun] [-d] [-F friday] [-f calendarfile] [-l longitude] [-t dd[.mm [.year]]] [-U UTC-offset] [-W num]

The calendar utility checks the current directory for a file named calendar and displays lines that fall into the specified date range. On the day before a weekend (normally Friday), events for the next three days are displayed.

The following options are available:

Print lines from today and the next num days (forward, future).
Process the ``calendar'' files for users found in /etc/passwd and mail the results to them. This can result in multiple messages for specific files, since /etc/passwd does not require home directories to be unique. In particular, by default root, toor and daemon share the same home directory. If this directory contains calendar information, calendar will process the file three times.

This option requires super-user privileges.

Print lines from today and the previous num days (backward, past).
Print UTC offset, longitude and moon or sun information.
Debug option: print current date information.
Specify which day of the week is ``Friday'' (the day before the weekend begins). Default is 5.
Use calendarfile as the default calendar file.
Perform lunar and solar calculations from this longitude. If neither longitude nor UTC offset is specified, the calculations will be based on the difference between UTC time and localtime. If both are specified, UTC offset overrides longitude.
For test purposes only: set date directly to argument values.
Perform lunar and solar calculations from this UTC offset. If neither UTC offset nor longitude is specified, the calculations will be based on the difference between UTC time and localtime. If both are specified, UTC offset overrides longitude.
Print lines from today and the next num days (forward, future). Ignore weekends when calculating the number of days.

To handle calendars in your national code table you can specify “LANG=<locale_name>” in the calendar file as early as possible.

To handle the local name of sequences, you can specify them as: “SEQUENCE=<first> <second> <third> <fourth> <fifth> <last>” in the calendar file as early as possible.

The names of the following special days are recognized:

Catholic Easter.
Orthodox Easter.
The lunar New Moon.
The lunar Full Moon.
The solar equinox in March.
The solar solstice in June.
The solar equinox in September.
The solar solstice in December.
The first day of the Chinese year.
These names may be reassigned to their local names via an assignment like “Easter=Pasen” in the calendar file.

Other lines should begin with a month and day. They may be entered in almost any format, either numeric or as character strings. If the proper locale is set, national month and weekday names can be used. A single asterisk (``*'') matches every month. A day without a month matches that day of every week. A month without a day matches the first of that month. Two numbers default to the month followed by the day. Lines with leading tabs default to the last entered date, allowing multiple line specifications for a single date.

The names of the recognized special days may be followed by a positive or negative integer, like: “Easter+3” or “Paskha-4”.

Weekdays may be followed by ``-4'' ... ``+5'' (aliases for last, first, second, third, fourth) for moving events like ``the last Monday in April''.

By convention, dates followed by an asterisk are not fixed, i.e., change from year to year.

Day descriptions start after the first <tab> character in the line; if the line does not contain a <tab> character, it is not displayed. If the first character in the line is a <tab> character, it is treated as a continuation of the previous line.

The calendar file is preprocessed by a limited subset of cpp(1) internally, allowing the inclusion of shared files such as lists of company holidays or meetings. This limited subset consists of #include, #define, #undef, #ifdef, #ifndef, #else, #warning, and #error.

Conditions can be nested and the consistency of opening and closing instructions is checked. Only the first word after #define is used as the name of the condition variable being defined. More than word following #ifdef, #ifndef, or #undef is considered a syntax error, since names cannot include white-space. Included files are parsed in a global scope with regard to the condition variables being defined or tested therein. All conditional blocks are implicitly closed at the end of a file, and missing #endif instructions are assumed to be present on implied succeeding lines.

If the shared file is not referenced by a full pathname, calendar searches in the current (or home) directory first, and then in the directory /usr/share/calendar. Empty lines and text protected by the C commenting syntax (/* ... */) or (//) are ignored.

Some possible calendar entries (<tab> characters highlighted by \t sequence):


#include <calendar.usholiday>
#include <calendar.birthday>

6/15\tJune 15 (if ambiguous, will default to month/day).
Jun. 15\tJune 15.
15 June\tJune 15.
Thursday\tEvery Thursday.
June\tEvery June 1st.
15 *\t15th of every month.
2010/4/15\t15 April 2010

May Sun+2\tsecond Sunday in May (Muttertag)
04/SunLast\tlast Sunday in April,
\tsummer time in Europe
Ostern-2\tGood Friday (2 days before Easter)
Paskha\tOrthodox Easter

file in current directory.
calendar HOME directory. A chdir is done into this directory if it exists.
calendar file to use if no calendar file exists in the current directory.
do not send mail if this file exists.
system wide location of calendar files provided as part of the base system.
system wide location for calendar files provided by a port or package.

The order of precedence in searches for a calendar file is: current directory, ~/.calendar, /usr/local/share/calendar, /usr/share/calendar. Files of similar names are ignored in lower precedence locations.

The following default calendar files are provided by the deskutils/calendar-data port.

File which includes all the default files.
Calendar of events in Australia.
Births and deaths of famous (and not-so-famous) people.
Christian holidays. This calendar should be updated yearly by the local system administrator so that roving holidays are set correctly for the current year.
Days of special significance to computer people.
Calendar of events in Croatia.
Calendar of events in the Netherlands.
Birthdays of FreeBSD committers.
Calendar of events in France.
Calendar of events in Germany.
Everything else, mostly U.S. historical events.
Other holidays, including the not-well-known, obscure, and really obscure.
Jewish holidays. The entries for this calendar have been obtained from the deskutils/hebcal port.
Musical events, births, and deaths. Strongly oriented toward rock 'n' roll.
Calendar of events in New Zealand.
Russian calendar.
Calendar of events in South Africa.
U.S. holidays. This calendar should be updated yearly by the local system administrator so that roving holidays are set correctly for the current year.
Includes all calendar files except for national files.

The calendar program previously selected lines which had the correct date anywhere in the line. This is no longer true, the date is only recognized when it occurs at the beginning of a line.

at(1), mail(1), cron(8)

A calendar command appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.

Chinese New Year is calculated at 120 degrees east of Greenwich, which roughly corresponds with the east coast of China. For people west of China, this might result that the start of Chinese New Year and the day of the related new moon might differ.

The phases of the moon and the longitude of the sun are calculated against the local position which corresponds with 30 degrees times the time-difference towards Greenwich.

The new and full moons are happening on the day indicated: They might happen in the time period in the early night or in the late evening. It does not indicate that they are starting in the night on that date.

Because of minor differences between the output of the formulas used and other sources on the Internet, Druids and Werewolves should double-check the start and end time of solar and lunar events.

The calendar does only recognise the cpp directives #include, #define, #ifdef, #ifndef and #else. It supports nested conditions, but does not perform any validation on the correct use and nesting of conditions. #endif without prior #ifdef or #define is ignored and #else outside a conditional section skips input lines up to the next #endif.

There is no possibility to properly specify the local position needed for solar and lunar calculations.

November 5, 2020 FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE

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