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Downloading and Reading RSS feeds
Snownews is a lightweight RSS newsreader for console lovers. It lets you aggregate news from a variety of sources in one place in a very easy and quick way. Additionally, it comes with Slackware so there is a big chance that it is already installed on your system.
To start Snownews, simply type
snownews in the console.
Adding New Feeds
add new feeds, press a, paste a feed URL and hit Enter. The following, for example, is Slackware Documentation Project RSS feed URL:
You will see the name of the new feeds source. Pressing Enter will display new feeds. To go back to the main screen, press q
Nowadays most websites provide RSS feeds. If there is a website that doesn't, you could try to employ scripts like script4rss to convert static HTML pages to feeds.
To display a list of other commands available, press h which is context dependent:
Feed Sources List View
Feed List View
Your Snownews window does not need to look as gloomy as the one in the pictures above. The background colour is the colour of your terminal and the rest can be configured in the
~/.snownews/colors file. The file contains 4 variables. By default, it is configured as follows:
It just switches on colour support. Assigning
-1 to it would switch off colour support.
Display new feeds in magenta.
URLs are displayed in blue
The feed title has no colour.
~/.snownews/colors file contains other color definitions.
~/.snownews/keybindings file contains the program's keybindings. The file syntax is very straightforward:
To add a new feed, you need to press a. If you want to change it, simply replace
a with a key of your choice.
Open Links from Feeds in a Web Browser
Newsfeeds usually include URLs that can be opened in a web browser. To open a URL, type o (lower-case letter
o). By default,
snownews, being a command line application, opens URLs in another command line tool, ie. Lynx. To change the default browser, type B from the main
snownews window and type:
From now on, all URLs will open in Firefox.
Snownews has a Christmas related Easter Egg. Simply create the
santa_hunta file inside
~/.snownews/, open the
About window by pressing A from the main screen and enjoy the game.
- List of other popular RSS newsreaders.
- Originally written by sycamorex