GPLv3

RSS2Leafnode

RSS2Leafnode downloads RSS and Atom feeds and posts the items to local news groups. The articles aren't meant to propagate anywhere, just go in your local spool ready to read.

# ~/.rss2leafnode.conf
fetch_rss('r2l.weather',
          'http://rss.weather.com.au/sa/adelaide');
It's named after Leafnode (version 2) and that's one of the easiest local servers to setup, but anything with local groups will work. See the online man page (43k, html) for more.

RSS2Leafnode is free software (free as in freedom), published under the terms of the GNU General Public License (v3 or higher).

Download version 76 source here or from CPAN, or a Debian package here or from my repo.

rss2leafnode-76.tar.gz (143k, and sig)
rss2leafnode_76-0.1_all.deb (81k, and sig)

The sig files are Gnu PG ascii armoured signatures generated from my key. There's a SIGNATURE file inside the .tar.gz for cpansign too.

The META.yml or Makefile.PL has the dependencies (a long list, on the principle "why can't someone else do it"). The key ones are

The full source has some stray experimental bits and pieces, including some old add-ons for Plagger.


Related Stuff

Have a look also at

The obvious difference in each is where they deliver, but the practical difference is how the output looks and the level of programmability, configurability or complexity. There's lots of RSS mangling programs and online services, you just have to find one you like.

RSS2Leafnode is geared towards text viewing and saving time by pre-downloading feeds and optionally their links. It recognises some RSS extensions ("modules") to try to get good text.


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