A built-in diary

Since I’m mentioning small, built-in bonuses to some established programs, I have another I can point out.

A few months ago I wrote about Ben Winston‘s tiny journal tool, aptly called jn.

I discovered the other day that Vimwiki has a built-in function that’s not far off from that.

Entering \w\w from vim’s control mode drops you straightaway to a diary page prenamed for today’s date.

Diary entries are kept in a subfolder inside your wiki data folder, and have their own index page, which looks sort of like this.

= Diary =
| [[2011-04-11]] | [[2011-04-10]] | [[2011-04-09]] | [[2011-04-08]] |

The table grows from left to right, meaning your newest entry is always on the left. Rather convenient, really. ;)

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11 Responses to “A built-in diary”


  1. 1 Ben Winston 2011/04/12 at 2:52 PM

    very nice! i have vimwiki installed, but haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet (or maybe haven’t found a good use…i can’t decide) to think this functionality was there the whole time! :)

  2. 2 aperson 2011/04/12 at 11:00 PM

    I just have a script that opens up nano for the days entry, than when I close that, it adds that to the single diary file (with proper dates and formatting).

  3. 3 Luca 2011/04/13 at 7:24 PM

    Nice! Do you have solutions for automatically syncing the wiki up between different machines?

    • 4 Ben Winston 2011/04/13 at 9:15 PM

      Best way I can think of: Dropbox. I have all my dot-files symlinked on machines pointing to a version on Dropbox, so they’re always up to date and the same on every machine!

      • 5 Chubby Checker 2011/04/14 at 1:49 AM

        Do you use the same versions of applications across all the systems/distributions/users you use that for?

        I can’t see me doing what you said above because of trying to keep my systems clean. Like I’d never dual boot using the same /home partition or something of that kind…

        • 6 Ben Winston 2011/04/14 at 2:07 AM

          well, no, good point :). however, this still works well for something like bashrc or vimrc, so you can have the same aliases and vim environment on each computer.

  4. 7 Chubby Checker 2011/04/14 at 4:20 AM

    Sure. using dotfiles.org or e.g. a github repository is pretty common for manually managed rc files…

  5. 10 Kaleb 2011/04/14 at 5:22 AM

    I had been using using vim calendar’s diary feature. I’ll have to check this out.

  6. 11 Cian 2011/04/14 at 5:37 PM

    org-mode on emacs does this…


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