There is differents reasons to want a personal wiki on your machine:
- having it everywhere
I’ve tested some wiki, like tiddlywiki, but I’ve found nothing that was really what i wanted. The main inconveniance for me, is the need to use a webbrowser. A browser is not a text processor, so it’s really painfull to use them for writing.
I’ve started to try to use vim as wiki. Why would i want to use something like vim for this ? well, it’s plain text (easy to grep, or to write script for manipulating data), application independent, it’s a real text processor, you can customize it, and most importantly, i know how to use it, …
I’ve got a ‘wiki’ directory in my home directory, with all my files in it. I use git to versionize it (you can use svn if you prefer, there is no difference for this usage). In my .vimrc, i’ve added this instruction:
In my wiki directory, i’ve got another .vimrc with some specific mapping:
map ,I <esc>:e index.mkd <cr> map ,T <esc>:e todo.mkd <cr> map ,S <esc>:e someday.mkd <cr> map ,c <esc>:s/^ /c/<cr> map ,w <esc>:s/^ /w/<cr> map ,x <esc>:s/^ /x/<cr> map gf :e <cfile>.mkd<cr> " open page map <backspace> :bp<cr> imap \date <c-R>=strftime("%Y-%m-%d")<cr> set tabstop=2 " Number of spaces <tab> counts for. set shiftwidth=2 " Unify set softtabstop=2 " Unify
I organize my files in directory. I’ve got a “work”, “lists”, “recipes”, “misc”, … and I put my files in this directory.
I’ve got an index page, with links to main section. I don’t have wikiword in camelcase or things like that, so if i want to put a link to a page, i juste wrote the link this way ‘dir_name/page_name’, then, i juste have to hit ‘gf’ on this link to open the page. I also use this place as a todo list manager. I’ve got one paragrah per day, like this :
2008-06-14 - [@context] task 1 - [@context] task 2 ...
and a bunch of vim mapping for marking complete (,c), work in progress (,w) or cancelled (,x).
If i don’t have a deadline for a particular task, I use a ‘someday’ file, where the task is put with a context.
The good things with markdown, is that the syntax is easy to use, and it’s easy to convert to HTML.