If you are like me, you already have a system for reading email. You have a program that you know well. Maybe you have email filters, or maybe you dump it all in one place. Maybe you keep all your email in your inbox, or maybe you tidily file it away when you are done with it. You might read your email in mutt, or Wanderlust, or Mew, or Gnus, or even Thunderbird. Maybe you use IMAP to keep your mail synchronized across multiple systems.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use this system as a feed reader?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a feed reader that is not similar to an interface you already use, but a feed reader that is the same as an interface you already use?
The rest of this document tells you how.
The first step is to get rss2email, either from the official site http://www.allthingsrss.com/rss2email/ or with my patches. http://e6h.org/~egh/hg/rss2email/. While either one should work, my version has the following enhancements:
X-RSS-URLheader for fast loading of the original page
Install this in a place where it can be run regularly via cron or some other mechanism, and has an SMTP server available to it.
Choose an email address to send mail to, and an SMTP server to use. You probably want to send your feeds to a special email account or else filter them into another folder than your main email.
(Keep in mind that you may be sending a significant quantity of email through the SMTP server. Some email systems may have quotas on the amount of email sent per day which you may run up against, especially when testing the system. Namely: gmail, which limits SMTP to a couple hundred messages/day.)
You will probably want to run rss2email in a cron. But first, we need to get it running.
Unpack rss2email somewhere convenient. Edit the config.py file as necessary or appropriate.
You need these to send email:
DEFAULT_FROM = "email@example.com" SMTP_SEND = 1 # or 0, if you use sendmail SMTP_SERVER = "localhost:25" # set appropriately AUTHREQUIRED = 0 # if you need to use SMTP AUTH set to 1 SMTP_USER = 'username' # for SMTP AUTH, set SMTP username here SMTP_PASS = 'password' # for SMTP AUTH, set SMTP password here
It is strong opinion that you should set the following to avoid bounced messages to somebody who did not send the message:
FORCE_FROM = 1
Personally, I think HTML email is a mistake, and that email should we wrapped:
HTML_MAIL = 0 BODY_WIDTH = 72
Finally, the default
CHARSET_LIST shipped with rss2email had me receiving messages in Big-5 encoding, which did not seem right.
UTF-8 is all I need:
CHARSET_LIST = 'US-ASCII', 'UTF-8'
Having made those & any other appropriate modifications to the config.py, we are ready to add a feed! Add it:
./r2e add http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_world_edition/front_page/rss.xml
Let’s try to fetch the feed and send emails:
If all goes well, r2e should print nothing (turn on the
‘VERBOSE’ option if you want to see more).
Time to check your email! If all went well, you should have the latest news headlines from the BBC in your inbox. If not, perhaps there are difficulties with sending mail. Check your SMTP settings.
A few tips & tricks for reading your news in the Wanderlust mail reader follow.
I use a filter folder to allow me to visit a folder which contains only unread or important news items. The folder looks like:
I can visit this folder and only see messages that I have not seen or messages that I have flagged as
If I want to visit an entry on the web, perhaps because it did not contain the full text, I want a quick way to do so. I use the following code to allow me to hit C-c C-c in summary mode & quickly visit the entry:
;; need to add X-RSS-URL to this list (setq elmo-msgdb-extra-fields '([...] "X-RSS-URL")) (defun egh:wl-summary-visit-rss-entry () (interactive) (let* ((msg (elmo-message-entity wl-summary-buffer-elmo-folder wl-summary-buffer-current-msg)) (url (elmo-message-entity-field msg 'x-rss-url))) (browse-url url))) (define-key wl-summary-mode-map "\C-c\C-c" 'egh:wl-summary-visit-rss-entry)