Julien Vehent on 18 Aug 2011 12:46:55 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Walt's presentation on taskwarrior

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 02:10:02PM -0400, Julien Vehent wrote:
I just switched from outlook's "managed" tasks (pretty much only
flagging emails) to taskwarrior. I like the capabilities of the
tool, but I didn't find a proper way to put an estimate on a task.

As is, there no difference between "create email account for bob"
and "migrate the oracle server to a new hardware", but in reality,
the second one takes 100 times longer. How can I reflect that in
taskwarrior ?


On Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:21:01 -0400, Walt Mankowski wrote:
I found some discussion about that in the forums at


but it looks like it was never implemented because they thought it be
too difficult to manage all that from the command line.  I can think
of a few kludgey ways to do that with the current interface, for
example using tags or annotations.

I just tried the tag thing, adding a tag with the estimate duration. it's not bad at all and gives a quick overview of the time needed to complete.

Now, the killer feature, would be to compare actual realization time with the estimate. But I suppose it's difficult to dedicate 4h on a task without being preempted, so it would probably not give accurate results.

taskwarrior is definetely nice. I love having the flexibility of the command line ! With a (very) quick and (very) dirty script in my personal crontab, I get a task list every morning:

14 00 * * * echo -e "OVERDUE\n\n" > /tmp/jvetasklist ; task long overdue >> /tmp/jvetasklist ; echo -e "\nTODAY\n\n" >> /tmp/jvetasklist ; task minimal due:today >> /tmp/jvetasklist ; echo -e "\nHIGH PRIORITY\n" >> /tmp/jvetasklist ; task minimal priority:H >> /tmp/jvetasklist ; cat /tmp/jvetasklist|mail -s "$(date +%Y%m%d) Task List" jvehent


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