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websitary 0.5

DESCRIPTION: websitary (formerly known as websitiary with an extra "i") monitors webpages, rss feeds, podcasts etc. It reuses other programs (w3m, diff etc.) to do most of the actual work. By default, it works on an ASCII basis, i.e. with the output of text-based webbrowsers like w3m (or lynx, links etc.) as the output can easily be post-processed. It can also work with HTML and highlight new items. This script was originally planned as a ruby-based websec replacement. By default, this script will use w3m to dump HTML pages and then run diff over the current page and the previous backup. Some pages are better viewed with lynx or links. Downloaded documents (HTML or ASCII) can be post-processed (e.g., filtered through some ruby block that extracts elements via hpricot and the like). Please see the configuration options below to find out how to change this globally or for a single source. This user manual is also available as PDF. == FEATURES/PROBLEMS: * Handle webpages, rss feeds (optionally save attachments in podcasts etc.) * Compare webpages with previous backups * Display differences between the current version and the backup * Provide hooks to post-process the downloaded documents and the diff * Display a one-page report summarizing all news * Automatically open the report in your favourite web-browser * Experimental: Download webpages on defined intervalls and generate incremental diffs.


  1. 0.5 - May 23, 2008 (43.5 KB)
  2. 0.4 - January 12, 2008 (42 KB)
  3. 0.3 - October 25, 2007 (41 KB)
  4. 0.2.1 - September 15, 2007 (40.5 KB)
  5. 0.2.0 - September 15, 2007 (40 KB)

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  • Thomas Link



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