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Thu, May 22, 2008 9:08 pm

perl-Calendar-Simple Package

I needed to install a calendar generation package on a Linux system. I had previously used pcal on another Linux system and decided to use it again, since I was familiar with it and found it met my requirements.

I looked for a pcal RPM package. I found that the perl-Calendar-Simple package contained a pcal program and decided to install it. I installed the package, which is available from http://packages.sw.be/perl-Calendar-Simple/ or RPM PBone. If you are using the RPMforge repository, you can install it with yum or another installer. To configure yum to use the RPMForge repository, see RPMForge Packages and Yum Priorites.

# yum install perl-Calendar-Simple

After I installed the package, I found it installed /usr/bin/pcal. That pcal program was a Perl script. I could use it to generate the current month's calendar by typing pcal or a specific month from the current year with pcal m, where m is a number representing a month, e.g. pcal 6 would display the month of June. Or you can use pcal mm, e.g. pcal 06 for June. That pcal can also generate a calendar for a specific month and year with pcal mm yyyy, e.g. pcal 06 2009 for the calendar for June 2009.

# pcal 06 2009

     June 2009
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    1  2  3  4  5  6
 7  8  9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30

But that pcal program didn't offer me as many options as I had with the cal program that was already installed on the system. I didn't need anything particularly fancy, but I did need the capability to generate a calendar in HTML format, which the Perl pcal script didn't provide.

References:

  1. RPMForge Packages and Yum Priorites
    MoonPoint Support
  2. Pcal
    MoonPoint Support
  3. PCAL and LCAL: PostScript Calendar Programs
    SourceForge.net
  4. pcal and lcal - pcal branch
    freshmeat.net

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