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clipf - Personal finance manager with command line interface


clipf [<conf_dir>]


Simple personal finance manager, allow to track Your incomes/expences by accounts and
hierarchical categories. Store all data in flat text files.


Directory with configuration file and data files. Default to ~/.clipf/. If there is
no such directory found at program startup, it would be created and populated by
default configuration and empty data files.


account - describe independent money storage, for which You want to track remains and

item - describe categories of Your incomes/expences. Can be nested as files/directories in
file system.

item code - it is segmented unique identifier of item/item group. Period "." in item code
define nesting levels. Period at the end of item code describe, that this item is group
(have subling items).

operation - define single money transaction (income or expense).

tag - arbitrary string, used for additional classification of operations. Have the same
nesting rules as items. Any number of tags can be added to each operation. It may be good
idea to store available tags in item list.


Type help to see available commands. Type help <command> to see online help about
particular <command>.

For most reporting commands, output can be piped to external shell command the same way,
as shell do.


prod add [-d] <item_code> <item_name>
Add new item. Type <item_name> in quotes, if it contain spaces.

-d - define this item as income (default to expence).

prod rm <item_code_prefix>
Remove all items, which code starts with <item_code_prefix>. This don't affect the
operations list.

prod ls [<item_code>]
Show one level of item list - direct sublings of <item_code>. Default to root

prod mv <old_item_code_prefix> <new_item_code_prefix>
Update all item codes, which starts with <old_item_code_prefix>, replacing it to
<new_item_code_prefix>. Item codes in operation list would be updated as well.


op add [-d <date>] [-a <account>] [-t <tag>] <item_code> <amount> [<note>]
Add new operation

-d <date>
- override default operation date to <date>.

-a <account>
- override defaut operation account to <account>

-t <tag>
- label operation with <tag>. Any number of -t options can be used to add
several tags to operation.

op ls [-t <tag_prefix>] [<item_code_prefix>]
Show list of operations in current reporting period. If <item_code_prefix>
specified, list would be limited by the operations, which item code starts with
<item_code_prefix>. If '-t <tag_prefix>' option specified, limit output with
operations, labelled with tag, starts with <tag_prefix>


Reporting period is always between <date_from> and <date_to> global options, which You set
by set command.

rep prod [-t <tag_prefix>] [-a <account>] [<item_code>]
Show turnover report for items (item groups), which are direct subling of
<item_code> (default to root). Turnover for item group is summ of turnovers of all
their nested items/groups.

-t <tag_prefix>
take into account only operations, labelled with tag, starts with

-a <account>
take into account only operations by <account> account.

rep acc
Show remains and turnovers for all accounts.


set <option> <value>
Set global option <option> value to <value>. For date options, base format is Y-M-
D. Leading 0 can be ommited. For the current year, year part can be ommited. For
current month, year and month parts can be ommited. Available options:

date - default date for new operations. Can be overriden by -d option of "op


- reporting period for "op ls" and all "rep" subcommands.

acc - default account for new operations. Can be overriden by -a option of "op

- if number of lines in report output exceed this value, then "less" would
be used to show report output.

show [<option>]
Show current values of all global options or specified <option>.

calc <expression>
Embedded calculator. Evaluate numeric expression and print the result.


Aliases is the simple way to make shortcuts for frequently used commands. Alias can be
defined by the pair of strings: <command_line_prefix> and <prefix_substitution_string>. If
command line starts with any of the defined aliases <command_line_prefix>, this prefix
would be substituted with corresponding <prefix_substitution_string>. Examples can be
found in system configuration file (see FILES ).


set date_from 2008-04-01
- set reporting start period to 2008-04-01.

r prod - show turnover report by top level items.

op ls | grep foo | less
pipe report output to shell command.

op ls | cat - >somefile.txt
save report output to file

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