I've just got myself set up on Diaspora. One feature that I like, which hasn't been implemented in Diaspora yet is the ability to feed in RSS feeds of the other stuff you've been doing on the interwebs. So, this is a first crack at letting you post your RSS feed to your Diaspora pod,

I've put together a .tar.gz with all the config and such over at the page on my site. But here is the Perl bit of it in case anyone finds it useful.

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use utf8; use autodie; use 5.10.0; use Data::Dumper; use JSON; use XML::Feed; use WWW::Mechanize; use HTML::Strip; use Readonly; Readonly my $CONFIGPATH => 'feed2diasp.json'; Readonly my $FEEDSSEEN => 'feed2diasp-seen'; my $config = get_config(); my $mech = do_diaspora_login($config); # status_update($mech, "I is diasporizing an ting. What a gwan?"); # D +EBUG open my $in, '<:utf8', $FEEDSSEEN; my @seen = <$in>; close $in; my %seen = map { chomp; $_ => 1 } @seen; my $max_items = $config->{max_items}; my $new_items = 0; for my $feed (@{$config->{feeds}}){ my @feed_items = fetch_feed($feed); open my $out, ">>:utf8", $FEEDSSEEN; for(@feed_items) { next if ($seen{$feed . $_->id}); my $msg = ''; $msg .= format_msg($_->summary->body) if ($_->summary && $_->s +ummary->body); $msg .= format_msg($_->content->body) if ($_->content && $_->c +ontent->body); # say "Status update: " . $_->link . "\n" . $msg; # DEBUG $mech = status_update($config, $mech, $msg); $new_items++; print $out $feed . $_->id . "\n"; last unless $new_items < $max_items; } close $out; } sub get_config { open my $in, '<:utf8', $CONFIGPATH; my @lines = <$in>; close $in; my $config = decode_json "@lines"; #die Dumper $config; #DEBUG return $config; } sub do_diaspora_login { my $config = shift; my $login_url = "https://" . $config->{pod} . "/users/sign_in"; my $mech = WWW::Mechanize->new(); $mech->get($login_url); my $form = $mech->form_id('user_new'); my $auth_token = $form->value('authenticity_token'); # not quite s +ure how this works. my $res = $mech->submit_form( form_id => 'user_new', fields => { 'user[password]' => $config->{password}, 'user[username]' => $config->{username}, 'authenticity_token' => $auth_token, 'utf8' => '&#10003;', 'user[remember_me]' => 0, 'commit' => 'Sign in', }, ); die "Fsck it, can't login. Maybe you need to change the login deta +ils in $CONFIGPATH?" unless $res->is_success; return $mech; } sub status_update { my ($config,$mech,$msg) = (shift,shift,shift); my $form = $mech->form_id('new_status_message'); my $auth_token = $form->value('authenticity_token'); my $res = $mech->submit_form( form_id => 'new_status_message', fields => { 'status_message[fake_text]' => $msg, 'status_message[text]' => $msg, 'utf8' => '&#10003;', 'commit' => 'Share' +, 'aspect_ids[]' => 'all_aspects' +, } ); warn "Fsck it, can't post $msg" unless $res->is_success; $mech-&gt;get("https://" . $config->{pod} . "/stream"); return $mech; } sub fetch_feed { my $uri = shift; my $feed = XML::Feed->parse(URI->new($uri)); return $feed->entries; } sub format_msg { my $msg = shift; my $hs = HTML::Strip->new(); return $hs->parse( $msg ); } __END__ =head1 NAME : Get a feed and squish it into diaspora. =head2 VERSION 0.1 =head1 SYNOPSIS Edit feed2diasp.json to set up your account details then just: $ You probably want to run this as a cronjob =head1 DESCRIPTION Install by untarring with $ tar xvzf feed2diasp.tar.gz Then $ cd feed2diasp You'll need to make sure you have Perl 5.10.0 and the CPAN dependencie +s. $ sudo cpan XML::Feed Readonly HTML::Strip Data::Dumper WWW::Mechanize Then edit the config file supplied to something more to your taste. You should make executable wiith $ chmod 750 Finally you can start updating your feed with $ ./ You may want to put that in a cron job. =head2 OPTIONS All options are set in feed2yaml.json . I used JSON rather than YAML t +o reduce dependencies =head1 REQUIREMENTS Perl 5.10.0 Data::Dumper JSON XML::Feed WWW::Mechanize HTML::Strip Readonly =head1 COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE Copyright (C)2011 Charlie Harvey This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA. Also available on line: =cut

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Re: Post your RSS feeds to Diaspora with Perl
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 31, 2012 at 23:27 UTC
    Thanks! This was very handy. I made one minor change. For pod, they've changed the form id from user_new to new_user.
Re: Post your RSS feeds to Diaspora with Perl
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 24, 2013 at 18:48 UTC
    It says Can't call method "entries" on an undefined value at ./ line 103. whats wrong? Cheers
      It means the feed is empty, or network is down so getting the feed didn't work, or the url isn't returning xml feed, but something else