Hayom is a rewrite (and gradual reimagining) of jrnl. At a base level, it's not written in Python, and therefore doesn't do your choice of breaking constantly when the system Python gets changed, or having to maintain your own pyenv/virtualenv/what-have-you. Beyond that, it has more consistent command-line options, while still retaining a human-first command-line interface.
The file format of Hayom is identical to jrnl, so it's easy to point both tools to the same file if you wish (at least for now) and use them interchangeably. Over time, this likely will change in a subtle and fairly backwards-compatible way, for the basic reason that I want a blank line between the entry title and the entry body. But for now, you're golden.
deno install -n hayom --allow-env --allow-read --allow-write --allow-run \ https://git.sr.ht/~bmp/hayom/blob/main/cli.ts
Writing entries with Hayom is designed to be as easy as possible so there is no friction. For short entries, it's trivial to just write what you want directly on the command line:
hayom Today, I ate some pancakes. They were delicious.
Everything up to the end of the first sentence (demarcated by
will be considered the entry title. It's fine to have just a title.
For longer entries, just type
hayom, and it'll pop up an editor. Hayom will
editor setting in its config file first,
$EDITOR second, and
attempt to use
If there's sufficient interest, I will switch the default to
To read entries, you must specify at least one filtering command. These commands are:
-f: the earliest timestamp to include
-t: the last timestamp to include
-s: show just entry titles, not bodies
-n: how many entries to show
--on: show entries made on a specific day
You can additionally specify tags (formatted as
@tagname) to filter entries.
All of the time-based commands take natural English, not just dates. For
example, the following command line gives you all the entries between last month
and this month that were about
hayom -f '2 months ago' -t 'this month' @bob @tpsreport
Or, if you're curious what you did last Tuesday, it's as easy as writing:
hayom --on 'last Tuesday'
For any of the filtering commands, if you add
--edit, those entries will
pop up in your editor. There, you can add extra entries, change timestamps,
delete entries, and whatever else floats your boat. For example, to edit
everything I wrote yesterday, I might do
hayom -f yesterday -e
If you cancel your editor without saving, the journal will be left as-is.
You can have multiple journals. If you do, simply specify the journal you want
-j command. E.g., if you had
journals, you might do
hayom -j work Finally filed my stupid @tpsreport hayom -j personal Sent out a pile of résumés today
If you don't specify a journal, hayom will use the default.
Hayom works fine with no configuration file. If you do that, it will make a
.hayom in your
$HOME. Alternatively, you can create a file
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/hayom/hayom.toml (Linux and macOS) or
%APPDATA%\hayom\hayom.toml (Windows) with your configuration options. An
example configuration file might look like:
editor = "kak" default = "personal" [journals.work] journal = "/home/benjamin/journals/work.txt" [journals.personal] journal = "/home/benjamin/journals/personal.txt"