vcal - Display the data in a vcalendar or icalendar file
vcal [options] <files>
vcal parses a file for a vcalendar or icalendar record
and displays the selected fields from the record.
Normally, vcal uses the specified files as absolute or relative paths,
depending on how they are given on the command line. However, if the -mh
flag is given, the current MH mailbox is searched for the specified files.
The mhpath command is used to determine the absolute path to the files.
If a single dash is given as a filename, then the vcalendar data will be
read from standard input.
vcal takes options to allow selective display of the calendar data.
If no options are given, then it is as if the -start, -end,
and -summary options are given.
vcal takes the following options:
Show all calendar data. This differs from -raw in that the data are
formatted, while -raw gives the data as they are read from the file.
Show the meeting chair.
Show the event description.
Show the event end time.
Show the meeting locations.
Show the optional participants.
Show the meeting organizer.
Show the required and optional participants. The participants are displayed
in these two groups.
Show the required participants.
Show the event scheduled time.
Show the event start time.
Show the event summary information.
Show all calendar data. This differs from -all in that the data are
data displayed as they are read from the file, while -all formats the
The current MH mailbox is searched for the specified files.
Display a usage message and exit.
Display the program version and exit.
Thanks to Dr.-Ing. Torsten Finke (firstname.lastname@example.org) for suggesting
the case-insensitive checking for "mailto". This was added in version 2.3.
Thanks to Beat Vontobel (email@example.com) for the patch for the
-location option. The patch (used by permission) was added in
Thanks to Ivo Ihrke (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the patch for reading the
calendar data if the input file is a dash. The patch (used by permission)
was added in version 2.5.
Thanks to Matthias Gay (email@example.com) for the UTC and timezone
patches. These patches (used by permission) were added in version 2.6.
Wayne Morrison, firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 2009-2018 Wayne Morrison
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