This is the kind of Port of the week I like. This is a software I just discovered and fall in love to. The tool r2e which is the port mail/rss2email on OpenBSD is a small python utility that solves a problem: how to deal with RSS feeds?
Until last week, I was using a “web app” named selfoss which was aggregating my RSS feeds and displaying it on a web page, I was able to filter by read/unread/marked and also filter by source. It is a good tool that does the job well but I wanted something that doesn’t rely on a web browser. Here comes r2e !
This simple software will send you a mail for each new entry in your RSS feeds. It’s really easy to configure and set-up. Just look at how I configured mine:
$ r2e new firstname.lastname@example.org $ r2e add "http://undeadly.org/cgi?action=rss" $ r2e add "https://dataswamp.org/~solene/rss.xml" $ r2e add "https://www.dragonflydigest.com/feed" $ r2e add "http://phoronix.com/rss.php"
Add this in your crontab to check new RSS items every 10 minutes:
*/10 * * * * /usr/local/bin/r2e run
Add a rule for my-address+rss to store mails in a separate folder, and you’re done !
NOTE: you can use r2e run –no-send for the first time, it will create the database and won’t send you mails for current items in feeds.