The Daily Journal FAQ

This program manages daily notes, appointments, alarms to upcoming appointments, contacts, holidays and lists.

This is the FAQ for The Daily Journal. The download page is here.

What is The Daily Journal?

The Daily Journal is a PIM program in the making.

What does PIM mean?

Personal Information Manager (I think), a program which manages daily notes, appointments, to-do lists, contacts, addresses, alarms, etc.

What can it do, in its present form?

If you need a program to keep track of daily notes, (or a diary, or a journal of your activities), along with daily appointments and alarms for them, an address book of your contacts and a list of holidays (or anniversaries) as well as things to do, The Daily Journal keeps them organized and accessible.

That’s not very useful.

If it were, do you think I would be giving it away free?

One of the reasons I enjoy developing it is because it is quite removed from the nature of my daily work. When it is complete I will find it totally useless.

Well, not totally…

Will it ever do anything else?

Nope, there is no guarantee that it will do anything else. But, there is every probability of the version number increasing in the future as and when I get the time to add more features (especially if anyone asks).

How do I use it?

The user interface is a nice looking calendar. See the screenshot? You can store your thoughts for a particular day by clicking on the appropriate date. An editable window to the right of the calendar is where you enter the text for the days notes. To retrieve the notes for a particular day, click on the desired date. The same editor window appears, and you can add to or modify the notes if needed.

You can search for a particular string of text in all notes and appointments.

A bar of tabs allows you to choose the activity you want to manage.

Clicking the “Appointments” tab brings up your appointment list for the current day. You can make changes to or add or delete any appointment.

Clicking the “Contacts” tab reveals a window where you can enter, modify or delete your database of contacts and addresses.

A click on the “Lists” tab brings up a window where you maintain your lists.. Creating a new list is a click away.


And you can keep track of holidays and anniversaries too.


The Daily Journal is a small program, and takes up very little space on the desktop, as well as your hard disk.

What do I need to compile it?

See the README in the source package or the help documentation for more details. You will also need the GNU C-compiler and certain development libraries that are supplied as standard with all Linux distributions. These are described in the documentation.

Are there any bugs?

If you don’t see any at first, something will surface eventually. Did you really have to ask?

But I don’t want to compile it. Why can’t you just provide a pre-compiled binary?

Well, it’s better to compile it on your machine, because then you are sure that it is optimized for your Linux installation. Besides, you can also check and modify the source if you wish.

The source packages of The Daily Journal are available from here, The binaries for Linux are available at the same location for MS-Windows they are available from here .

Pre-compiled binary packages in the form of RPM files for the older version fltdj-0.7 are available on the Internet in various places. Search for “fltdj RPM” if you really want them.


Many, many thanks are due to:

Tim Scheit for translating the user-visible text to German and providing the translation file.

Elbert Pol for informing me that he could port tdj3 to OS/2.

Robert Kesterson, for his excellent FLTK editor widget, which was used in earlier versions but which was later replaced by FLTK’s inbuilt editor.

Juraj Ziegler, who reported errors and also sent the required modifications.

Lance Perry, who suggested putting the data files in a hidden directory in the user’s area, and supplied the patches.

Greg Sjaardema, who urged me to enable the program to save the notes file without exiting.

Don van der Haghen, who sent error messages encountered on his system.

Joe Krahn, who suggested that the program should check for multiple instances on startup,  and that file access operations should be verified, in case the hidden data directory is absent. Apparently some users may do an “rm” on it by mistake! One of his other suggestions is still not implemented. It will be, Real Soon Now…

Torquil Gault, who wanted to use parts of the The Daily Journal code for a (quote) “quick & dirty GUI set date pgm for the ipaq” (unquote). Be my guest, the program is released under the Gnu GPL. I hope you were successful.

Benjamin Long, you never told me if you succeeded in cross-compiling The Daily Journal for your iPaq Handheld!

R. K. Marwah, for valuable, live, actual user feedback, and constructive suggestions

Richard Holt, for catching the date not changing after midnight.

Rajesh Deshpande, for catching the errors with new versions of FLTK.

Tom Brown, for the bug reports and error messages.

Janet Casey for putting The Daily Journal in the GNU software directory, and for pointing out that the GPL license as supplied with the program was not quite complete.

Darald Bantel, just for mailing me that he could successfully install fltdj.

Leslie H. Watter, Jeremy M. Dolan, Luke Th. Bullock, Szabo Peter and SG for alerting me about the broken links on the web page containing the download files.

Alexey Parshin for the excellent Multitabs widget for FLTK, which was used in the version which used that toolkit.

Brent for detecting that the declaration for Select_Browser in the Fluid-generated header file “fltdj.h” is “Fl/” instead of “FL/”. This gives a compilation error on his machine and is now corrected.

Also, his suggestion regarding auto-repeating appointments has been implemented, a bit late, but better than never, as they say.

What is the copying policy?

While it is copyright, (c) Kartik Patel the program is also free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by  the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.  This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You will receive a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; for more information, write to:

The Free Software Foundation, Inc.,

675 Mass Ave,


MA 02139, USA.


Last updated :18 May 2015

Copyright (c) Kartik Patel,

letapk AT gmail DOT com