Just like in the case described in How to find links without notes?, I:
- often plan future notes from the one I am working on at the moment.
- Not to lose my focus, I would like to create these notes later as I do not have the time to take care of them at the moment.
- So, what I do to remember to make these notes is that I mark up the links using the double square brackets notation but I do not visit them right away - which does not create them.
–> The main concept with this workflow is that I needed a way to get back to these notes still in the yet-to-be-created stage.
–> I figured it should be possible to recursively search a vault folder for notes (markdown file) and links (identified by their special [[ ]] syntax in the files themselves) and then compare the 2 lists to list out the links with no notes actually created.
–> I fumbled my way using shell scripts but I am quite happy with the result that I can now call from anywhere with Keyboard Maestro (I actually automated calling it, getting the list, making a new note in Obsidian, and pasting it there so that I can process it from within the app itself by just following the links & making the notes on the spot).
Here are the script details, feel free to optimize, I am by no mean a shell expert.
- Mac (I guess it’d work on Linux and Windows with some minor adaptation)
- gfind (installed with brew)
Script adaptation for your setup:
- Replace gfind_path by the path where it installed (can be found by typing
which gfindin the terminal)
- Replace VAULT_PATH by the path to your obsidian vault
How to use?
- Save the script somewhere on your disk (I put it in my obsidian vault) with the extension
- Make executable by opening a terminal in this folder and running
chmod +x PATH_TO_SCRIPT
- Run from the terminal by putting the path to the script and pressing enter
#!/bin/bash # find_orphaned_obsidian_links.sh # Written by Marcmagn1, October 2020 # Step 1 gfind_path VAULT_PATH -name '*.md' -type f -printf "%f\n" | sort -u| sed "s/\.md//" | tee VAULT_PATH/notes_list.txt > /dev/null # Step 2) grep -roiIEh "\[\[([a-zA-Z0-9 ]*)\]\]" VAULT_PATH | sort -u | sed "s/\]]//" | sed 's/\[\[//' | tee VAULT_PATH/links_list.txt > /dev/null # Step 3) grep -Fxv -f VAULT_PATH/notes_list.txt VAULT_PATH/links_list.txt | sed 's/^/[[/' | sed 's/$/]]/
See the full automation in actin with the following gif (not much to see says how well it works )