A fully featured bash alarm clock leveraging cron
4. [How to use](#4-how-to-use)
## 1. About
This is a program greatly indebted to various cron alarm clocks like [this one](https://web.archive.org/web/20080617195246/http://grimthing.com/archives/2004/01/23/cron-mp3-alarm-clock/),
though it has some features that those simple ones don't have.
Quite simply, the script should be called from `cron` at the appropriate times
that it triggers the case statements in the script. If you use the -km switch,
it will kill the music related alarms, if you use the -ka switch it will kill all
This script is more of a framework than a finished project. Be aware.
The `briefing.sh` script is described on my blog [how to get a daily briefing](https://ideatrash.net/2019/01/get-a-daily-briefing-without-big-brother.html).
The various songs that are mentioned in the script can be found below:
[Gotta Get Up](https://amzn.to/2XFrpcw)
[Goru Bihu Song](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPHRDTWlMh4)
## 2. License
This project is licensed under the MIT license. For the full license, see `LICENSE`.
## 3. Prerequisites
### These may already be installed on your system.
* `mplayer` command-line tool for playing media. `mplayer` can be found on major Linux distributions.
### You may have to install these
* `podfox` command-line tool for podcasts, found [here](https://github.com/brtmr/podfox)
* `gnome-schedule` if you aren't comfy with `crontab -e`, found [here](https://sourceforge.net/projects/gnome-schedule/)
* `cronic` to reduce cron's email output, found [here](https://habilis.net/cronic/)
## 4. How to use
* Edit the script so that the case statements match the times (and events) you want.
* Edit your crontab using either `crontab -e` or a tool like [gnome-schedule](https://sourceforge.net/projects/gnome-schedule/) to call the script at the appropriate times.
* NO ARGUMENTS ARE NEEDED FOR THE ALARM FUNCTIONS, ONLY TO STOP THE ALARMS.
For example, my crontab has this section:
14 0 6 * * 1-5 /usr/bin/cronic /home/steven/bin/alarm
15 30 6 * * 1-5 /usr/bin/cronic /home/steven/bin/alarm
16 55 6 * * 1-5 /usr/bin/cronic /home/steven/bin/alarm
17 0 7 * * 1-5 /usr/bin/cronic /home/steven/bin/alarm
Which calls the alarms in the case statement
#Note: I added
to solve a problem [raised and solved here about running audio apps from cron](#https://web.archive.org/web/20080617195246/http://grimthing.com/archives/2004/01/23/cron-mp3-alarm-clock/)
## 5. Todo
* Have weekends be a bit more intuititive
* GUI (or at least non-programatically editing) interface