na with a global file
One more round of updates for na. I got a couple of questions about whether na could work with one centralized file. The answer was, at the time, “not really,” but I’ve made some changes to facilitate that.
Get the latest version using
gem upgrade, or do a fresh install by following the instructions on the project page.
Global Todo File
The core idea behind na is that you have a TaskPaper file for every project in that project’s root directory. In order to combine multiple projects in one file, you would either need to make use of tags, or create a TaskPaper project for each one in the global file. You can now do this, either manually or have na use the current working directory as a tag or project.
To use a global file, run na with the global flag
--file PATH. You can make this permanent by running
na --file PATH initconfig (or
--initconfig --force if you’ve already created a config file). Note that when using
initconfig, previous preferences will be overwritten with only what exists on the command line at the time it’s run, so if you want to specify other options like default extension or Next Action tag, either include those in the command or edit the
~/.na.rc file manually.
--file flag is used, you can additionally include the
--cwd_as TYPE flag (where TYPE is
project) to determine how the current working directory is applied to new/updated actions. If you use
--cwd_as project, the action will be added to a project with the same name as the current directory. If you use
--cwd_as tag, the current directory name will be applied as a tag. The default value is “none,” applying neither unless one is specified. Use
initconfig or manually add/modify the
cwd_as: TYPE key in
~/.na.rc to make the preference permanent.
Prepend vs Append
By default, na adds all new/moved actions to the top of the target project (or Inbox). There’s now an
--at POSITION flag that allows you to put new/moved actions at the end of the target project as the last item in the list (or the first item before a subproject).
--at can be used with
na add and
na update. To make this a global change, use
--add_at as a global flag and save it to the config, or add
add_at: end to
Just a couple of usability tweaks!