# How to draw a vertical line at a specified date in a Gantt chart?

I want to add a command to pgfgantt package that draw vertical line at a specified date (like the one for the today line). Here's what' I want to get (green line) :

So I looked to pgfgantt.sty to see how the today line was drawn and I came with this code that I added into pgfgantt.sty file :

\newcommand\drawverticalline[1]{%
\begingroup%
\begin{pgfinterruptboundingbox}%
\begin{scope}
\gtt@tsstojulian{#2}{\gtt@today@slot}
\gtt@juliantotimeslot{\gtt@today@slot}{\gtt@today@slot}%
\pgfmathsetmacro\x@mid{%
(\gtt@today@slot - 1 + \ganttvalueof{today offset})%
* \ganttvalueof{x unit}%
}%
\draw [/pgfgantt/today rule]
(\x@mid pt, \y@upper pt) -- (\x@mid pt, \y@lower pt)
node [/pgfgantt/today label node] {\ganttvalueof{today label}};%
\end{scope}
\end{pgfinterruptboundingbox}%
\endgroup%
}


Now normally I could use the command like this : \drawverticalline{2014-05-07} but when I do this I got this error :

! Package PGF Math Error: Unknown function pt' (in 'pt').


The error came from this code :

\pgfmathsetmacro\x@mid{%
(\gtt@today@slot - 1 + \ganttvalueof{today offset})%
* \ganttvalueof{x unit}%
}%


that doesn't have pt on it. So I decided to comment it and replace \x@mid by a constant (5) but now I get this error :

! Undefined control sequence.


Why I get this error? the command is defined!

Here's the code from pgfgantt that draw the today line :

\def\@tempa{none}%
\edef\@tempb{\ganttvalueof{today}}%
\ifx\@tempa\@tempb\else%
\pgfmathsetmacro\x@mid{%
(\gtt@today@slot - 1 + \ganttvalueof{today offset})%
* \ganttvalueof{x unit}%
}%
\draw [/pgfgantt/today rule]
(\x@mid pt, \y@upper pt) -- (\x@mid pt, \y@lower pt)
node [/pgfgantt/today label node] {\ganttvalueof{today label}};%
\fi%


MWE

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[frenchb]{babel}
\usepackage{pgfgantt}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture} % optional
\begin{ganttchart}[x unit=1.8mm,
y unit chart=0.87cm,
time slot format=isodate,
vgrid=*{5}{dotted},
]
{2014-04-14}{2014-07-11}
\gantttitlecalendar{month=name} \\

\ganttbar[progress=100]{title1}{2014-04-14}{2014-04-15} \\

\ganttbar[progress=100]{title2}{2014-04-15}{2014-04-17} \\

\drawverticalline{2014-05-07}
\end{ganttchart}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

• is @ a letter at the point you make these definitions? Please always provide a complete document that reproduces the problem, not just code fragments. – David Carlisle May 7 '14 at 13:15
• @DavidCarlisle Sorry I added a MWE. The macros are defined in pgfgantt package. – Hunsu May 7 '14 at 13:25
• where is drawverticalline defined? Your MWE just gives an error that it is not defined – David Carlisle May 7 '14 at 13:30
• Don't ever edit the packages in place!!!! That just makes your distribution incompatible with everything else (and is often against the licence conditions of the file) also you need #1 not #2 in your definition. There is never any need to edit the file, you could make that definition in the document the fact that \y@upper is undefined is an error in the way the command is used not where it is defined. – David Carlisle May 7 '14 at 13:34
• Even for private use it's a really bad idea to edit the file. It only makes a difference where a command is used not where it is defined. If that line works if you put it in pgfgantt.sty it would work if you put it anywhere else such as your document or in a local mygantt.sty loaded after pgrfgantt – David Carlisle May 7 '14 at 13:55

The code in this section shows how to use the feature as implemented in the package. I've also left the original answer below, because I feel it has value in explaining the best practices for modifying a distributed package when it's necessary.

The package author has added a \ganttvrule macro, to be used like this:

\ganttvrule[<options>]{<label-text>}{<time-slot-spec>}


The optional argument can contain styling options. The available options are described in-depth in the package manual.

This macro must still be used after all rows of the Gantt chart have been defined.

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfgantt}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{ganttchart}[
time slot format=isodate,
vgrid=*{5}{dotted},
today={2014-04-14},
]{2014-04-14}{2014-05-11}
\gantttitlecalendar{month=name} \\
\ganttbar[progress=100]{title1}{2014-04-14}{2014-04-15} \\
%\ganttvrule{Fail!}{2014-04-24} % must be placed at the end of the ganttchart environment
\ganttbar[progress=100]{title2}{2014-04-15}{2014-04-17} \\
\ganttbar[progress=50]{testing}{2014-04-17}{2014-04-18}
\ganttvrule{Test 1}{2014-05-07}
\ganttvrule{Test 2}{2014-04-30}
\ganttvrule{Test 3}{2014-05-10}
\ganttvrule{Success}{2014-04-24} % works at the very end
\ganttset{vrule/.append style={blue}} % change the style
\ganttvrule{Blue!}{2014-04-28} % check for changed style
\ganttvrule[vrule/.append style={red, ultra thick}]{Red!}{2014-05-03} % alternate styling method
\end{ganttchart}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


# Original Answer (superseded by pgfgantt v5.0, released 2018-01-11)

As noted several times in the comments, directly modifying any file controlled by some package management system (be it tlmgr, MikTeX Package Manager, or package managers on any other system, for that matter [RPM, pacman, npm, etc.]) is a Very Bad Idea.™ Licensing issues aside, and even when/if the package manager doesn't get confused, any modifications will be lost with an update and your documents using those modifications will be broken.

The proper way to do it is to extend the package with your own local customizations. I've illustrated one way to do this here:

1. Create your own package pgfgantt-custom (pgfgantt-custom.sty) that loads the TeX distribution's current pgfgantt package and adds/modifies commands from there.
2. Place this file in a texmf-local location* such that LaTeX will find it.

* Refer to Where do I place my own .sty files to make them available to all my .tex files? for full details of this procedure for each of the major TeX distributions.

So, create pgfgantt-custom.sty with this content:

\ProvidesPackage{pgfgantt-custom}[2015/01/10 My local customizations to the pgfgantt package] % name, date, and description of the package
\RequirePackage{pgfgantt} % load the package we're modifying

% some new keys for the style of our "anyday" marker lines
\@gtt@keydef{anyday}{none}
\@gtt@keydef{anyday offset}{1}
\@gtt@stylekeydef{anyday rule}{dashed, line width=1pt}
\@gtt@keydef{anyday label font}{\normalfont}
\@gtt@stylekeydef{anyday label node}{%
anchor=north, font=\ganttvalueof{anyday label font}%
}

\newcount\gtt@anyday@slot

\newcommand\drawverticalline[2]{%
\gtt@tsstojulian{#1}{\gtt@anyday@slot}%
\gtt@juliantotimeslot{\gtt@anyday@slot}{\gtt@anyday@slot}%
\pgfmathsetmacro\y@upper{%
\gtt@lasttitleline * \ganttvalueof{y unit title}%
}%
\pgfmathsetmacro\y@lower{%
\gtt@lasttitleline * \ganttvalueof{y unit title}%
+ (\gtt@currentline - \gtt@lasttitleline - 1)%
* \ganttvalueof{y unit chart}%
}%
\pgfmathsetmacro\x@mid{%
(\gtt@anyday@slot - 1 + \ganttvalueof{anyday offset})%
* \ganttvalueof{x unit}%
}%
\draw [/pgfgantt/anyday rule]
(\x@mid pt, \y@upper pt) -- (\x@mid pt, \y@lower pt)
node [/pgfgantt/anyday label node] {#2};%
}


Here's a breakdown of the code:

\@gtt@keydef/\@gtt@stylekeydef commands:

I created some keys similar to the styling options for the today markers, so these can be changed independently of the today marker style if desired. The defaults are the same as the today marker style.

\newcount\gtt@anyday@slot


This defines the counter where the marked date is manipulated according to pgfgantt's internal macros for processing different date formats.

Now, the main event: \drawverticalline takes 2 arguments; the first is the date to mark and the second is the marker text (potentially empty).

The first two lines of the definition simply process the date in the same way that is done for today. Now comes the part where you ran into troubles. You had no access to \y@upper, \y@lower, and \x@mid because these were defined inside a separate scope. So we have to redefine them inside the scope of this new command.

A side effect of this is that we have no knowledge of if there are any more rows to draw in the Gantt chart (the today marker is drawn last internally by pgfgantt) and there is no way to defer our command to the end of the ganttchart environment. So usage of our new \drawverticalline macro must be at the end of the ganttchart environment, after all \ganttbars have been drawn.

The rest is drawing the marker, with the appropriate style keys substituted, and the node text is #2 for the second argument.

## Usage Example

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfgantt-custom}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{ganttchart}[
time slot format=isodate,
vgrid=*{5}{dotted},
today={2014-04-14},
]{2014-04-14}{2014-05-11}
\gantttitlecalendar{month=name} \\
\ganttbar[progress=100]{title1}{2014-04-14}{2014-04-15} \\
%\drawverticalline{2014-04-24}{Fail} must be placed at the end of the ganttchart environment
\ganttbar[progress=100]{title2}{2014-04-15}{2014-04-17} \\
\ganttbar[progress=50]{testing}{2014-04-17}{2014-04-18}
\drawverticalline{2014-05-07}{Test 1}
\drawverticalline{2014-04-30}{Test 2}
\drawverticalline{2014-05-10}{Test 3}
\drawverticalline{2014-04-24}{Success} % works at the very end
\ganttset{anyday rule/.append style={blue}} % change the style
\drawverticalline{2014-04-28}{Blue!} % check for changed style
\end{ganttchart}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


## Output:

You can uncomment the \drawverticalline{2014-04-24}{Fail} line to see what happens when we don't yet know the total number of rows in the Gantt chart.

• @Stormie yes, but I recommend doing it this way. :-) – Paul Gessler Feb 21 '17 at 16:25
• Were there any attempts to include this into pgfgantt? – tdgunes Jul 3 '17 at 16:15
• @tdgunes not that I am aware of. But I will send the package maintainer an email pointing to this code—maybe we can get it included! Thanks for asking about it. – Paul Gessler Jul 3 '17 at 16:29
• you are welcome. I am not an latex expert yet, but I'd be happy to contribute. – tdgunes Jul 3 '17 at 16:33
• @tdgunes great news! The package maintainer is going to add this to pgfgantt`! Many thanks for the suggestion. I'll come back and update this answer when the new version is released. – Paul Gessler Jul 14 '17 at 1:08