modify command is the most direct way to change
a task, for example, replacing a description:
$ task 1 modify This is the new description
Here a tag is added, and another removed from a task:
$ task 1 modify -home +garden
The same change, but to several tasks:
$ task 1 3 5-10 modify -home +garden
The same change, but to a set of tasks matching the filter:
$ task \( project:outdoors or /planting/ \) modify -home +garden
Correcting a spelling error in a task description:
$ task 1 modify /teh/the/
Changing just about everything about a task:
$ task 1 modify +tag /from/to/ project:New priority:H depends:2 due:tomorrow recur:weekly New description
Taskwarrior has a 'bulk' threshold, which defaults to three tasks. If you attempt to modify more than three tasks in one command, then additional confirmation is needed:
$ task 1-100 modify +later - Tags will be set to 'later'. Modify task 1 'Buy a new dog collar'? (yes/no/all/quit)
rc.bulk configuration setting can be modified to
raise the threshold, with a value of
0 meaning infinity.
The bulk threshold is intended to protect against commands that
have an incorrect filter.
If you modify a recurring task, you will be asked whether you want the changes propagated to the other instances:
$ task add pay the rent recur:monthly due:2015-01-01 $ task list ID R Due Description -- - ---------- ------------ 2 R 2015-01-01 pay the rent 3 R 2015-02-01 pay the rent 4 R 2015-03-01 pay the rent 5 R 2015-04-01 pay the rent 6 R 2015-05-01 pay the rent 7 R 2015-06-01 pay the rent 8 R 2015-07-01 pay the rent 9 R 2015-08-01 pay the rent $ task 2 modify /pay/Pay/ Modifying task 2 'Pay the rent'. This is a recurring task. Do you want to modify all pending recurrences of this same task? (yes/no) yes Modifying recurring task 2 'Pay the rent'. Modifying recurring task 3 'Pay the rent'. Modifying recurring task 4 'Pay the rent'. Modifying recurring task 5 'Pay the rent'. Modifying recurring task 6 'Pay the rent'. Modifying recurring task 7 'Pay the rent'. Modifying recurring task 8 'Pay the rent'. Modifying recurring task 9 'Pay the rent'. Modified 9 tasks.
Declining the modification will affect only the specified task.
status:pendingto be added to the filter. Otherwise it will change all completed and deleted tasks.
rc.recurrence.confirmation=off, and no filter, it is possible to cause great damage.
Other ways of modifying tasks include: