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Liferea 1.10.3 Released: Support For TinyTinyRSS Categories

This release improves the TinyTinyRSS support: now Liferea supports nested categories when subscribed to TinyTinyRSS! Grab the new release from SourceForge and try it. It should seamlessly display your categories once you start 1.10.3

The detailed changes:

* Asking for credentials again if TinyTinyRSS login fails
* Asking for TinyTinyRSS credentials only 3 times
* Checking wether TinyTinyRSS base URL is lost
* Added warning on TinyTinyRSS login when source is not self-updating
* "--debug-net --debug-verbose" now traces POST data
* Patch #230 Add GNOME AppData XML (Mikel Olasagasti)

* Updated Italian translation (Gianvito Cavasoli)
* Updated Italian localized feed list (Gianvito Cavasoli)

TinyTinyRSS Categories Support Finished

git master now has TinyTinyRSS categories (hierarchic folders) enabled. It will automatically reorganize your subscriptions into the folders.

Please help testing git master with this feature!

Liferea Trick #7: Force Read Full Posts

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The Problem

When you have subscribed to an interesting feed that does not provide full posts it can be frustrating. Short of using website scraping as described in the latest post there is nothing you can do to enhance the feed content.

There are legitimate reasons for feed publishers to do so. One might be that the site is earning by display ads, another might be that the publisher wants to engage users directly on their own website.

How To Solve It?

So why not follow that wish and simply read the entire website? Liferea allows you to do so by enabling an option in the subscription properties. Just open the subscription properties dialog by right clicking the subscription as selecting "Properties ..." and select the last tab "Advanced":

Here you can enable the second option "Auto-load item link ...". From now own you will read the website directly and see full content!

Liferea Distro Watch

Distribution adoption is slow as always, bugfixes released take time to end up at the users...

Ubuntu 13.04 1.8.10
Debian Wheezy 1.8.6
Debian Wheezy Backports 1.8.15
Debian Experimental 1.10.1
OpenSuSE 12.3 1.8.14
Gentoo Stable 1.8.8
Fedora 19 1.8.15
Fedora 20 1.10.2
FreeBSD 1.8.15
Arch Linux 1.10.3

1.8.15 is latest stable version of 1.8 line. So using Debian Backports, FreeBSD and Fedora 17-19 you are up-to-date. Only in Debian Experimental and Fedora 20 you get the most recent stable line.

Liferea Trick #6: Website Scraping

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Not every interesting website provides a feed. Some feeds are broken. And some websites do provide summaries only or no content at all. Besides asking the owner of the website to add a feed or provide more details the only choice left might be to "scrape" the website content.

Read about how to scrape websites with Liferea

Never Forget _netdev with GlusterFS Mounts

When adding GlusterFS share to /etc/fstab do not forget to add "_netdev" to the mount options. Otherwise on next boot your system will just hang!

Actually there doesn't seem to be a timeout. That would be nice too.

As a side-note: do not forget that Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't care about the "_netdev" even. So network is not guaranteed to be up when mounting. So an additional upstart task or init script is needed anyway. But you need "_netdev" to prevent hanging on boot.

I also have the impression that this only happens with stock kernel 3.8.x and not with 3.4.x!

Silencing the Nagios Plugin check_ntp_peer

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The Nagios plugin "check_ntp_peer" from Debian package "nagios-plugins-basic" is not very nice. It shouts at you about LI_ALARM bit and negative jitter all the time after a machine reboots despite everything actually being fine.

#!/bin/bash

result=$(/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_ntp_peer $@)
status=$?

if echo "$result" | egrep 'jitter=-1.00000|has the LI_ALARM' >/dev/null; then
	echo "Unknown state after reboot."
	exit 0
fi

echo $result
exit $status

Using above wrapper you get rid of the warnings.

Liferea 1.10 not Starting in Fedora 18/19

Several users reporting startup problems of a self-compiled 1.10 in Fedora (SF bug #1093):

(liferea:3798): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: Settings schema 'net.sf.liferea' does not contain a key named 'last-node-selected'
Trace/breakpoint trap

As you can see from the error message Liferea doesn't start because a dconf schema key is not known. A solution was suggested by nmdias: if you experience this problem please try to run

/usr/bin/glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas

to properly install the schema.

Liferea Trick #5: Privacy with a SOCKS Proxy

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Starting with Liferea 1.10 you can use a SOCKS proxy. This is possible because Liferea uses the libproxy support provided by the libsoup networking library since 1.10.

What is a SOCKS Proxy?

SOCKS stands for "socket secure" it simply means to use an encrypted connection for whatever you do. Configuring a SOCKS proxy in your desktop environment means that you want all applications to do internet access via an encrypted connection to a safe server you have access to.

Why Use a SOCKS Proxy for Feed Reading?

Well, this of course is useful if you are in an environment were you do not want others to see what you are reading. Be it political blogs or private but unencrypted feeds. Also you simply might not want for your employer to know what servers you are polling news feeds from anyway. There are many good and bad reasons.

How To Use SOCKS Proxy with Liferea and GNOME?

First please note that Liferea supports using a SOCKS proxy only via the GNOME network preferences. Actually it relies on libsoup using the SOCKS settings from there.

Requirements

  1. Liferea 1.10+ with GNOME desktop
  2. You have a private server to use as a proxy
  3. You can connect via SSH to this server

Step 1: Connecting the SOCKS Proxy

There are many ways to do this and many online tutorials. The easiest way is to use SSH like this

ssh -D 8080 <user>@<private server>

Step 2: Client Proxy Configuration

So the first thing to do is to configure Liferea to use the GNOME network settings:

Ensure to set the preferences to proxy auto-detect as shown in the screenshot above. Next go to the GNOME preferences and configure a SOCKS proxy on "localhost" and port "8080" or whatever port you used when you ran the SSH command.

That's it! Try to update feeds in Liferea and watch out for errors in the status line.

What About Older Liferea Versions?

If you are running an older version of Liferea have a look at this post about a SOCKS proxy workaround using the tool redsocks.

How to Get TinyTinyRSS Categories

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If you are using TinyTinyRSS and want a hierarchic subscription list you need to explicitely enable categories from the preferences! Ensure to enable the "Enables feed categories" check box. Then save and open the "Feeds" tab which now allows you to add categories. All existing feeds are presented in category "Uncategorized".

Preferences Screenshot

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