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Guide to text repositories with Logarion

For the following guide the `txt` command needs to be installed in your system. Visit <> for what Logarion is how to install it and how to ask questions.

To file and exchange texts, `txt` uses plain-text headers on the top of text files. The basic headers include an identifier, topics, authors and a date. It also needs to know basic repository information.


`txt init` will initialise a text repository in the current directory. A `.logarion` directory is created, containing a configuration file, which editable with a text editor. That's where you can name the text repository and declare the archivists' names, which will also function as the default author name for new texts.

New texts

To create new text files with the header fields to populate, use `txt new "title"`, replacing `title` with the text's title. The command will return the filename of the new text. The filename starts with a part of the ID and the title of the text. Use the file name to open it with your text editor.


New texts can be filed in different subdirectories to create sub-repositories of finished texts. One use of that is to separate some of the texts to share with others. Use `txt file ..`, replacing the dots with text file names and directories, and txt will file (hard-link) each text into every directory specified.

Note, this is different from using the Topics header field to declerate the text's subjects.


Generate web sites and Gemini capsuled of a text collection using `txt convert`. First `txt file` some texts in a subdirectory (`txt file a.txt b.txt .. some/`) then call `txt convert somedir`. It will scan all text files in there and convert them to other formats. It will also produce index files for those formats and also generate and `index.pck` file. This index pack is a feed for other people using `txt. Upload the `index.pck` and the text files of the subdirectory to a host of your choice. If the host provides HTTP or Gemini access, upload `.htm` and `.gem` files respectively.


To use `txt` to clone remote repositories, add the URLs of the repositories in `peers.priv.conf` or ``. Both files must be created first. Once the files are populated with the URLs, run `txt pull` and it will clone all of the text files shared in those repositories in a local `peers/` subdirectory.

As the name suggests `peers.priv.conf` is private and the URLs contained in it will not be copied into `index.pck`. On the other hand, URLs in `` will be included in the `index.pck`, providing a way to discover other text repositories.