"Zim is a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Each page can contain links to other pages, simple formatting and images. Pages are stored in a folder structure, like in an outliner, and can have attachments. Creating a new page is as easy as linking to a nonexistent page. All data is stored in plain text files with wiki formatting. Various plugins provide additional functionality, like a task list manager, an equation editor, a tray icon, and support for version control.
- Keep an archive of notes
- Take notes during meetings or lectures
- Organize task lists
- Draft blog entries and emails
- Do brainstorming
Zim can be found in the community repository.
# pacman -S zim
There is also an AUR package called zim-bzr which provides the latest developer snapshot.
The usage of Zim is very self-explanatory. This screencast provides a good overview about the basic functionality.
The main configuration file is located in Zim's config directory:
~/.config/zim/preferences.conf. Another important file is located in the same directory:
~/.config/zim/notebooks.list. This file contains a list of all wikis and there file path.
Besides the configuration there exist the wiki directories which are set up when a new wikis are created. Those folders store all wiki pages in plain txt format.
Specific user tricks to accomplish tasks.
Zim provides a lot of useful plugins where many of them are not enabled by default. They can be found at Edit -> Preferences -> Plugins. That is, there is a plugin which provides a tray icon.
The requirements for the Spell Checker plugin are as follows:
# pacman -S gtkspell python2-gtkspell aspell-en
aspell-en to your desired language support. Now you can configure the Spell Checker and define the default language, in my case
Problems at launch
A common error is at start up resulting in a error message like the following *:
UnboundLocalError: local variable 'i' referenced before assignment
It is often related to a problem with the file path of the wikis stored in
~/.config/zim/notebooks.list. Try to delete or move this file and restart Zim.
Error: Unable to find or create trash directory
This error message indicates that Zim is not able to find the trash directory *. This occurs when the wiki is stored on a partition that does not have any trash directory under
/partition/.local/share/Trash. Due to that one is not able to delete pages as Zim tries to move them to the trash. Solutions are either the creation of a trash directory or the installation of the developer snapshot instead of the stable version which permanently deletes a page if no trash directory can be found. Thus, the user does not receive this error message anymore.