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How do you use the Scheduled Tasks in Ubuntu?

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I'm new to Ubuntu linux system and want to duplicate what I had going on my XP system.

I had various text documents opening up daily, weekly, and monthly to remind me of tasks to be done at work.

Now that I'm running Ubuntu, all I see in the Scheduled Tasks window is a command line that has "Command: ls", and I'm not sure what to put in that command line to get these .txt files to open periodically.

Any help for a newbie would be appreciated.
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by:Nopius
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hi.

Linux scheduler or "cron daemon" is supposed to run jobs 'silently' without any pop-up messages.


You may either use a kind of 'reminder': http://www.ubuntugeek.com/reminder-ng-a-reminder-application-for-gnome.html

or customize 'scheduler' to open files in GUI. So instead of 'ls', write something like 'DISPLAY=:0.0 gedit /path/to/file.txt'. Replace file.txt with your file.
If it will not work, run as superuser 'xauth +'.

Regards,
Arty
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by:Nopius
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Oops, with 'xauth' there is an error.

Run as _normal_ user in GUI:

xhost +localhost

then test a schedule job
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by:rindi
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I'd use something like "Kontact" (if you are using Kubuntu or Linux Mint based on the KDE GUI it is included in the default installation), or "evolution" (that is as far as I know included by default on the Gnome based GUI distro's). These are both PIM's (Personal Information Managers) that combine with an Email Client, Address Book, Calender etc. In those apps you can enter your schedules and reminders, they work similar to Outlook or Lotus notes in the Windows world. Another tool you can use is thunderbird. Although thunderbird by itself is just an email client, there are many "addons" you can add to it, which include calendars etc, which you can then also setup with reminders etc.
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by:a1electric
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i noticed the tasks list in evolution - i'll give that a try and let you know
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by:a1electric
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so far, i don't see how to make an reminder in evolution

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In Evolution select the Calendar. Then, for example you want to start an event at 18:00, you double click into that time period. An "Appointment" window now opens. Here you can now add your text, time frame etc. When you have setup your appointment, you can select "Options", and here "Alarms". Now you can set the time before the appointment starts (15 mins, 1 hour, 1 day, or customize) at which you want the alarm or reminder to popup. In the Options menu you also have further options, like recurrence (if the appointment happens regularly etc.).

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