ferris-fnews 0.1.1

ferris-fnews provides a RSS news feed aggregator and archiver.
ferris-fnews provides a RSS news feed aggregator and archiver.

ferris-fnews is an RSS news feed aggregator and archiver. It can poll RSS news feeds and make them available as a filesystem.

In non technical terms libferris makes the file system and other hierarchical storage systems easier to use. For the geeks out there, libferris is a virtual file system (VFS) that runs in the user address space. The FAQ contains entries related to installation, configuration and the usage of libferris.

As of July 2005 libferris can mount many interesting things ranging from a filesystem from your local Linux kernel through to LDAP, Evolution, PostgreSQL, dbXML, and RDF. To get an impression of the current capabilities of libferris mounting see the plugins/context directory of the lastest release. New things to mount are always being added :)

Other than mounting things as a filesystem, the other core concept of libferris is extraction of interesting metadata from your libferris filesystems. This means that simple things like width and height of an image file become first class metadata citizens along with a file's size and modification time. The limits on what metadata is available extend far beyond image metadata to include XMP, EXIF, music ID tags, geospatial tags, rpm metadata, SELinux integration, partially ordered emblem categories and arbitrary personal RDF stores of metadata. Though some consider the last point of purely academic interest the end result is that you can add metadata to *all* libferris objects even those you only have read access too, for example, you can attach emblems to this website just as you would a normal file. The metadata interface gives all metadata from file size to digital signature status information equal standing. As such you can sort a directory by any metadata just as easily as you would ls -Sh to sort by file size. Sorting on multiple metadata values is also supported in libferris, you can easily sort your files by mimetype, then image width, then modification time with all three pieces of metadata contributing to the final directory ordering.

What's New in This Release:

uses async IO by default for fetching feeds.
Added support for conditional fetching based on HTTP If-Modified-Since

last updated on:
April 4th, 2007, 2:05 GMT
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
Ben Martin
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