CALENDAR(1)               BSD General Commands Manual              CALENDAR(1)

     calendar -- reminder service

     calendar [-abw] [-A num] [-B num] [-l num] [-e num] [-f calendarfile]
              [-t [[[cc]yy]mm]dd]

     The calendar utility checks the current directory or the directory speci-
     fied by the CALENDAR_DIR environment variable for a file named calendar
     and displays lines that begin with either today's date or tomorrow's.  On
     Fridays, events on Friday through Monday are displayed.

     The options are as follows:

     -A num  Print lines from today and next num days (forward, future).
             Defaults to one. (same as -l)

     -a      Process the ``calendar'' files of all users and mail the results
             to them.  This requires superuser privileges.

     -B num  Print lines from today and previous num days (backward, past).

     -b      Enforce special date calculation mode for Cyrillic calendars.

     -l num  Print lines from today and next num days (forward, future).
             Defaults to one. (same as -A)

     -e num  Print lines from today and next num days, only if today is Friday
             (forward, future). Defaults to two, which causes calendar to
             print entries through the weekend on Fridays.

     -f calendarfile
             Use calendarfile as the default calendar file. If this file is
             not accessible, the system-wide default is used.

     -t [[[cc]yy]mm]dd
             Act like the specified value is ``today'' instead of using the
             current date.  If yy is specified, but cc is not, a value for yy
             between 69 and 99 results in a cc value of 19.  Otherwise, a cc
             value of 20 is used.

     -w      Print day of the week name in front of each event.

     To handle calendars in your national code table you can specify
     ``LANG=<locale_name>'' in the calendar file as early as possible.  To
     handle national Easter names in the calendars, ``Easter=<national_name>''
     (for Catholic Easter) or ``Paskha=<national_name>'' (for Orthodox Easter)
     can be used.

     A special locale name exists: 'utf-8'.  Specifying ``LANG=utf-8'' indi-
     cates that the dates will be read using the C locale, and the descrip-
     tions will be encoded in UTF-8.  This is usually used for the distributed
     calendar files.  The ``CALENDAR'' variable can be used to specify the
     style.  Only 'Julian' and 'Gregorian' styles are currently supported.
     Use ``CALENDAR='' to return to the default (Gregorian).

     To enforce special date calculation mode for Cyrillic calendars you
     should specify ``LANG=<local_name>'' and ``BODUN=<bodun_prefix>'' where
     <local_name> can be ru_RU.UTF-8, uk_UA.UTF-8 or by_BY.UTF-8.

     Note that the locale is reset to the user's default for each new file
     that is read. This is so that locales from one file do not accidentally
     carry over into another file.

     Other lines should begin with a month and day.  They may be entered in
     almost any format, either numeric or as character strings.  If proper
     locale is set, national months and weekdays names can be used.  A single
     asterisk (`*') matches every month.  A day without a month matches that
     day of every week.  A month without a day matches the first of that
     month.  Two numbers default to the month followed by the day.  Lines with
     leading tabs default to the last entered date, allowing multiple line
     specifications for a single date.  ``Easter'' (may be followed by a posi-
     tive or negative integer) is Easter for this year.  ``Paskha'' (may be
     followed by a positive or negative integer) is Orthodox Easter for this
     year.  Weekdays may be followed by ``-4'' ... ``+5'' (aliases last,
     first, second, third, fourth) for moving events like ``the last Monday in

     By convention, dates followed by an asterisk ('*') are not fixed, i.e.,
     change from year to year.

     Day descriptions start after the first <tab> character in the line; if
     the line does not contain a <tab> character, it isn't printed out.  If
     the first character in the line is a <tab> character, it is treated as
     the continuation of the previous description.

     The calendar file is preprocessed by cpp(1), allowing the inclusion of
     shared files such as company holidays or meetings.  If the shared file is
     not referenced by a full pathname, cpp(1) searches in the current (or
     home) directory first, and then in the directory /etc/calendar, and
     finally in /usr/share/calendar.  Empty lines and lines protected by the C
     commenting syntax (/* ... */) are ignored.

     Some possible calendar entries (a \t sequence denotes a <tab> character):


           #include <calendar.usholiday>
           #include <calendar.birthday>

           6/15\tJune 15 (if ambiguous, will default to month/day).
           Jun. 15\tJune 15.
           15 June\tJune 15.
           Thursday\tEvery Thursday.
           June\tEvery June 1st.
           15 *\t15th of every month.

           May Sun+2\tsecond Sunday in May (Muttertag)
           04/SunLast\tlast Sunday in April,
           \tsummer time in Europe
           Ostern-2\tGood Friday (2 days before Easter)
           Paskha\tOrthodox Easter

     calendar              File in current directory.
     ~/.calendar           Directory in the user's home directory (which
                           calendar changes into, if it exists).
     ~/.calendar/calendar  File to use if no calendar file exists in the cur-
                           rent directory.
     ~/.calendar/nomail    calendar will not send mail if this file exists.
     calendar.all          International and national calendar files.
     calendar.birthday     Births and deaths of famous (and not-so-famous)
     calendar.canada       Canadian holidays.
     calendar.christian    Christian holidays (should be updated yearly by the
                           local system administrator so that roving holidays
                           are set correctly for the current year).     Days of special significance to computer people.
     calendar.croatian     Croatian calendar.
     calendar.discord      Discordian calendar (all rites reversed).
     calendar.fictional    Fantasy and fiction dates (mostly LOTR).
     calendar.french       French calendar.
     calendar.german       German calendar.
     calendar.history      Miscellaneous history.      Other holidays (including the not-well-known,
                           obscure, and really obscure).
     calendar.judaic       Jewish holidays (should be updated yearly by the
                           local system administrator so that roving holidays
                           are set correctly for the current year).        Musical events, births, and deaths (strongly ori-
                           ented toward rock n' roll).           New Zealand calendar.
     calendar.openbsd      OpenBSD related events.
     calendar.pagan        Pagan holidays, celebrations and festivals.
     calendar.russian      Russian calendar.        Cosmic history.           UK calendar.
     calendar.ushistory    U.S. history.
     calendar.usholiday    U.S. holidays.        World wide calendar.

     at(1), cal(1), cpp(1), mail(1), cron(8)

     The calendar program previously selected lines which had the correct date
     anywhere in the line.  This is no longer true: the date is only recog-
     nized when it occurs at the beginning of a line.

     The calendar command will only display lines that use a <tab> character
     to separate the date and description, or that begin with a <tab>. This is
     different than in previous releases.

     The Fl t flag argument syntax is from the original FreeBSD calendar pro-

     The -l and -e flags are Debian-specific enhancements. Option -e used to
     be called in Debian, but this option is now used differently by upstream.
     Also, the original calendar program did not accept 0 as an argument to
     the -A flag.

     Using 'utf-8' as a locale name is a Debian-specific enhancement.

     A calendar command appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.

     calendar doesn't handle all Jewish holidays or moon phases.

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