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Greg Hinchliffe April, 1977
If you wish, you may create a plan file on your login
directory that will give information as to where and what you are
doing for any date or time. Currently, this information is only
available with the use of FINGER, by typing the user name and ^Z.
To run the PLAN program type:
for regular entry,
for speedy plan making.
For the regular entry, a header of a plan version and cre-
ation date is given, followed by the PLAN command prompt (>). If
you use the speedy method, you will be put immediately into plan
creation mode, where you will be asked first for an expire time and
then a plan name (see below). After you have completed your plan you
will exit from PLAN. To make this method as fast as possible, the
start time is defaulted to the current time.
1) Since the plan file is set up in a character-count and word
oriented manner, your plan file CANNOT be TVedited, and is protected
2) Typing ^C at any time will abort any updates and/or additions that
have been made to your plan file (the plan file will be just as it
was before you entered PLAN).
The PLAN command-interpreter is similar to that of MSG, but
less extensive. All commands are abbreviated to one letter, which do
not need <CR>'s.
Below is a summary of commands with their actions and arguments.
"C" CREATE A NEW PLAN.
You will be asked for:
1) A start time
2) An expiration time
3) Name of plan
4) Background switch
For 1) and 2), any reasonable format will be accepted (typing "?" will
give you help) but you needn't type a date and time pair if one or the
other isn't needed (if the date is omitted, the current day is assumed;
if the time is omitted, midnight is assumed).
The starting and expiration dates may also be entered in a relative
format to the current date, such as:
+1 1355 to start/expire the
next day at 1:55pm
+0 to start/expire at
(Note: The "+" sign must precede all relative commands,
and "-" is illegal).
Four special-activation methods are also available. When asked
for a start date/time, type <ESC> (altmode) and the special activation
format. The four methods are explained below. You type what is under-
lined ("<space>" stands for the space-bar):
1) every <space> DAY
Example: every DAY
Activate the plan every day during a certain time.
Example explanation: Activate plan every day.
Actual output: "every day"
2) <weekday, first 3 characters only> <space> EVERY WEEK
Example: thu EVERY WEEK
Activate the plan every certain weekday (Monday, Saturday,
etc.) during a certain time.
Example explanation: Activate plan each Thursday.
Actual output: "thu every week"
3) <week number> <space> <weekday> EVERY MONTH
------------- ------- ---------
Example: 3 tue EVERY MONTH
Activate the plan every Nth weekday of each month (i.e.
the 2nd Wednesday of each month)
Example explanation: Activate plan the 3rd Tuesday of each
Actual output: "3 tue every month"
4) <day number> <space> <e>VERY MONTH
Example: 13 eVERY MONTH
Activate the plan every Nth day of each month (i.e. the
13th of each month).
Example explanation: Activate plan the 13th of each month.
Actual output: "13 every month"
After any of the above formats are given you will be asked for
a start time and an expire time. These should just be times; no dates
should be used. Typing "?" will give examples of valid times. After
this is done you will continue creating the plan in the normal fashion.
For the plan name give a short summary describing what the
plan is going to be about (such as "Vacation"). Typing just CR will
give the name as "---".
The background switch is used to with FINGER to tell it whether
to ask for permission before showing the contents of the plan, which is
very useful if you have a long-range plan.
Note: PLAN now enables much more extensive editing capabilities
when you are typing in your plan text. Typing "?" before you start typ-
ing will give you a list of the editing controls.
"L" LIST PLAN HEADERS.
This will give a list of all plan names, their numbers, start
and expiration dates or special activation method.
"N" NEW DATES FOR PLAN NUMBER <N>.
This will show you one at a time the start and expiration
dates of plan <N>, and ask for confirmation to change it. If
confirmed, the possibilities for the new date are the same as if
you were creating a new plan.
"B" BACKGROUND TOGGLE FOR PLAN NUMBER <N>.
This will toggle the background switch for plan <N>.
"D" DELETE PLAN NUMBER <N>.
This will delete plan <N>, which can be recovered with the "U"
command (see below). However, if EXIT from plan (see below also), the
plan will be expunged from the file and cannot be recovered.
"U" UNDELETE PLAN NUMBER <N>.
This will undelete plan number N.
"Z" ZAP PLAN FILE.
This will delete your plan file and exit to the EXEC.
"Q" QUIT FROM PLAN.
This command will exit from PLAN but not do any updating
"E" EXIT FROM PLAN.
This command will exit and update, which means it will
expunge all plans which are outdated (expired) and all plans which
have been deleted.
Please send all comments, complaints and suggestions to <GREG>.