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A tail-f-like utility for feeds




feedstail is a tail-f-like utility for RSS/Atom feeds. It monitor a feed and emits new entries. Feedstail aim to be simple, hackable and compatible with rsstail its C brother.

Get started

Use pip to install feedstail the easy way:

pip install feedstail

Or retrieve the project with git and install it:

git clone git://gitorious.org/feedstail/feedstail.git
cd feedstail
python setup.py install

Then, launch feedstail with the identi.ca feeds to test it:

feedstail -u http://identi.ca/api/statuses/public_timeline.atom


By default, feedstail will checkout the feeds every 15 minutes. If you want to customize this interval you can use the i option. The following example will retrieve feeds every 5 seconds:

feedstail -u http://identi.ca/api/statuses/public_timeline.atom -i 5

The default output format may not be ok for you. You can specify your own format using the f option. The given fields must be an available property of the feed entries. The following example will output the published date, the title and the link:

feedstail -u http://identi.ca/api/statuses/public_timeline.atom -f "{published}: {title} - {link}"

This last example use the string formatting syntax appeared in the 2.6 version of Python. However, feedstail aim to be 2.5 compatible so you can use the old string formatting syntax:

feedstail -u http://identi.ca/api/statuses/public_timeline.atom -f "%(published)s: %(title)s - %(link)s"

Feedstail compares the id element to find new entries. You can choose another element of comparison with the k option. The following example says to feedstail to use the title to find new entries:

feedstail -u http://identi.ca/api/statuses/public_timeline.atom -i 2 -k title

As feedstail is built above feedparser, the available values of format fields and keys can be found in the documentation of the library.
Last updated on June 28th, 2012

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