TwitRSS.me is a service that attempts to help people easily set up RSS feeds to scrape Twitter and produce an RSS feed, but recently it has met trouble in the form of Twitter rate limiting the requests coming from the creator's servers. However, the scraper script is available under a GPLv2 license, meaning that you're free to download and use the scraper privately.
The scraper for user feeds works fine at the time of writing this, and as long as your RSS feed reader is a little flexible you can just run the scraper every time you want to update the RSS feed.
Installing the scraper script
Emerge the atom
dev-perl/App-cpanminus to conveniently install the scraper's perl dependencies.
Clone the repository from
Enter the newly created directory
twitrssme and run
cpanm --installdeps . as root.
If you encounter errors, they can be viewed in
/root/.cpanm/work/<your build id>/build.log
I had to install
dev-perl/ExtUtils-PkgConfig, and add
--force to the
cpanm, because one test failed, returning
undef instead of
The following should produce an RSS feed from the twitter feed @ciderpunx
cd fcgi perl twitter_user_to_rss.pl
Set up with newsboat
Move the scraper script (
twitrssme/fcgi/twitter_user_to_rss.pl) to where you want it, then create an executable script
twitrssme with the contents:
#!/bin/bash perl /path/to/twitter_user_to_rss.pl user=$1 | sed "1,4d"
Then in your newsboat
"exec:twitrssme dril" sometags
Apache server without FastCGI
The official installation instructions describe installing FastCGI, but this is only necessary if you want to set up another public instance. If you're setting up a server to share with a small group of people, FastCGI is not necessary.
Make sure you have built
www-servers/apache with the
cgi USE flag.
Install the scraper script like described above.
First, move all of the files in the repository to a new apache content directory:
mkdir -p /var/www/twitrssme/htdocs cp -r twitrssme/* /var/www/twitrssme/htdocs/ mv /var/www/twitrssme/htdocs/fcgi/ /var/www/twitrssme/cgi-bin/
Add a virtual host to
/etc/apache2/vhosts.d/ with the following configuration:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName twitrssme.localhost Include /etc/apache2/vhosts.d/twitrssme_vhost.include <IfModule mpm_peruser_module> ServerEnvironment apache apache </IfModule> <VirtualHost>
ServerAdmin root@localhost DocumentRoot "/var/www/twitrssme/htdocs" # This should be changed to whatever you set DocumentRoot to. <Directory "/var/www/twitrssme/htdocs"> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> <IfModule alias_module> ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/twitrssme/cgi-bin/" </IfModule> <Directory "/var/www/twitrssme/cgi-bin"> AllowOverride None Options None Require all granted </Directory>
Then add the hostname to
127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.0.1 twitrssme.localhost
/var/www/twitrssme/htdocs/index.html file, changing the line:
<form action="/twitter_user_to_rss/" method="get">
<form action="/cgi-bin/twitter_user_to_rss.pl" method="get">
And do the same with
twitter_search_to_rss.pl if you wish.
Run the apache server:
rc-service apache2 start
Now you should be able to visit and use the instance at
twitrssme.localhost, and hook up
http://twitrssme.localhost/cgi-bin/twitter_user_to_rss.pl?user=dril to get spicy RSS updates from your favorite twitter users (as long as the apache server is running!)
If you want to create a public instance and share it with the general population, FastCGI would be a good idea. The installation process is like the above, but also install the atom
Then enable FCGID in
APACHE2_OPTS="... -D FCGID"
I don't know how to configure further, but the following resources should help: