Remind FAQ

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How can I learn about Remind?

  • The definitive reference is Remind's manpage. You can probably access it on your system by executing man remind at the terminal, or just look it up online.
  • David Skoll, the creator of Remind, wrote an introduction for the Linux Journal.
  • Mike Harris provided an OS X-oriented overview right here on 43 Folders.

I have a recurring reminder. How can I cancel it on one or more dates?

Assuming you don't want to cancel every reminder on that date, you probably want to isolate the reminder in its own "omit context," like so:

   OMIT Mar 16 2006
   OMIT Mar 30 2006
   REM Thu SKIP MSG poker game tonight

Note that the the reminder will not be cancelled unless the SKIP keyword is used.

How can I generate popup windows to warn me of timed reminders?

You can use a separate application that takes text as input and simply displays it in a window; on GNU/Linux systems, gxmessage is one such program. Then you can launch Remind in "daemon mode" and direct it to generate a popup window for every timed reminder that is triggered:

remind -z -k'gxmessage -title "reminder" %s &' ~/.reminders &

You probably want this command to run exactly once, when your desktop is started. For an X Window desktop, this command could be placed in the startup script ~/.xinitrc .

OS X users may want to consider running Growl, then using growlnotify as a replacement for gxmessage.

How can I automatically create a popup window with my daily reminders?

The rem command can create a list of your reminders in the terminal. If you want to get a bit fancier, you can have your day's reminders automatically pop up in a window at whatever time you like. Just use cron to dump remind's output to a window periodically, with a cron table entry like this:

# Pop up daily reminders at 8:00am
00 08 * * * export DISPLAY=:0.0 && \
            remind -g ~/.reminders | gxmessage -title "today's reminders" -file -

This example is designed for an X11 desktop using gxmessage, but could be easily adapted for OS X running Growl or GeekTool.

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