Thanks to a message on identi.ca I ve saw this program usable from the command line that allows you to easily create custom desk calendars, marked with the dates that interest you and with the ability to add pictures to one (or more) special days.
I’m talking of pcal shipped with anothe calendar programming lcal
PCAL and LCAL are calendar-generation programs which produce nice-looking PostScript output.
PCAL is usually used to generate monthly-format (one month per page) calendars with optional embedded text and images to mark special events (e.g. holidays, birthdays, etc). It can also generate yearly-format (one year per page) calendars.
LCAL generates a graphical ”lunar phase” calendar for an entire year
On ubuntu (i’ve 10.10) you can install pcal with
aptitude install pcal
But the package don’t include lcal.
pcal -a it -E -P a4 -B -F 1 -n Arial/10 -o cal.ps 2011
-aspecify the language (it=italian), default English
-Especifies European dates (alternative is
-Pspecifies A4 paper size
-Bleaves unused date boxes blank; this saves ink
-Findicates the starting weekday; 1 is Monday
-nselects the font size to be used in the notes boxes — in this case 10-point Arial
-ospecifies an output file in PostScript format. I do this so that it is easy to print another copy if I want to.
2011is the year for which I want to print the calendar — useful if you produce the calendar in December. PCAL’s default option is to produce the calendar for the current year.
Example of pre-generated, nicely-colored, event-free, monthly-format (12 months, 1 per page; landscape orientation; designed for printing on ‘U.S. Letter’-sized paper)
The killer feature of this small program is the option
-f that allow you to use a configuration file. In this file you can place “events” (and, for monthly-format PostScript calendars, Encapsulated PostScript images [e.g. photos and icons]) in appropriate days on the (PostScript or HTML) calendar, thus allowing the user to create personalized calendars.
Example of configuration file:
last Monday in May* Memorial Day Holiday all Fridays in Oct Status Meeting, 11 AM first workday in all %-B progress report due all Fri in all fBTime card due,fP 3 PM all Monday in all Fiscal week %0W -2nd workday in all Schedule for %+B due %+2D Fri on_or_before all 15 Pay Day even Fridays in year Pay Day 183rd day of year Mid-year (%l days left) Tue after first Mon in Nov Election Day (USA) 4th Thu in Nov* Thanksgiving Fri after 4th Thu in Nov* Day after Thanksgiving Easter Easter Sunday Good_Friday* Good Friday Monday after Easter* Easter Monday Christmas Christmas Day after Christmas Boxing Day workday ooa Christmas* Christmas Holiday workday after Christmas* Boxing Day Holiday Last Sunday in Sep Day Light Saving Starts - Clock Forward First Sunday in Apr Day Light Saving Ends - Clock Back Fri on_or_before all 13 Avoid black cats! # Friday the 13th
So the command become:
pcal -a it -f .calendar -E -P a4 -B -F 1 -n Arial/10 -o cal.ps 2011
Several of the lines have an * in them, which indicates that the day is a holiday, and that the text following should appear on the same line as the date. The character string %B means print the month name; a + or a – after the % means print the next or previous month’s name. You can make text bold using fB, then revert to the previous font with fP. The string %OW prints the week number with leading zeroes. -2nd indicates that you want the event to occur on the second to last workday of the month.
%+2D is an example of PCAL’s simple math functions; it means adjust the date backwards two days and print that date. %l prints the number of days left in the year. ooa is shorthand for “on or after,” and oob can be used for “on or before.”
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