Mass edit your tasks with t_medit
written on Friday, May 27, 2016
If you are a Yokadi user or if you have used other todo list systems, you might have encountered this situation where you wanted to quickly add a set of tasks to a project. Using Yokadi you would repeatedly write
t_add <project> <task title>. History and auto-completion on command and project names makes entering tasks faster, but it is still slower than the good old TODO file where you just write down one task per line.
t_medit is a command to get the best of both worlds. It takes the name of a project as an argument and starts the default editor with a text file containing a line for each task of the project.
Suppose you have a "birthday" project like this:
yokadi> t_list birthday birthday ID|Title |U |S|Age |Due date ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 |Buy food (grocery) |0 |N|2m | 2 |Buy drinks (grocery)|0 |N|2m | 3 |Invite Bob (phone) |0 |N|2m | 4 |Invite Wendy (phone)|0 |N|2m | 5 |Bake a yummy cake |0 |N|2m | 6 |Decorate living-room|0 |N|2m |
t_medit birthday will start your editor with this content:
1 N @grocery Buy food 2 N @grocery Buy drinks 3 N @phone Invite Bob 4 N @phone Invite Wendy 5 N Bake a yummy cake 6 N Decorate living-room
By editing this file you can do a lot of things:
- Change task titles, including adding or removing keywords
- Change task status by changing the character in the second column to
- Remove tasks by removing their lines
- Reorder tasks by reordering lines, this will change the task urgency so that they are listed in the defined order
- Add new tasks by entering them prefixed with
Let's say you modify the text like this:
2 N @grocery Buy drinks 1 N @grocery Buy food 3 D @phone Invite Bob 4 N @phone Invite Wendy & David - @phone Invite Charly 5 N Bake a yummy cake - S Decorate table - Decorate walls
Then Yokadi will:
- Give the "Buy drinks" task a more important urgency because it moved to the first line
- Mark the "Invite Bob" task as done because its status changed from
- Change the title of task 4 to "@phone Invite Wendy & David"
- Add a new task titled: "@phone Invite Charly"
- Remove task 6 "Decorate living-room"
- Add a started task titled: "Decorate table" (note the
- Add a new task titled: "Decorate walls"
You can even quickly create a project, for example if you want to plan your holidays you can type
t_medit holidays. This creates the "holidays" project and open an empty editor. Just type new tasks, one per line, prefixed with
-. When you save and quit, Yokadi creates the tasks you entered.
One last bonus: if you use Vim, Yokadi ships with a syntax highlight file for
This should be in the upcoming 1.1.0 version, which I plan to release soon. If you want to play with it earlier, you can grab the code from the git repository. Hope you like it!