Trying out Newsboat
Web browsers are a black hole of productivity. I try to use them as little as possible when it is time to focus. I try to use
?? with ipython, or --help at the command line as much as possible. What about that time I am trying to see what my online friends are posting on their sites? I used to used google reader quite heavily before that was taken down.
I am going to give a terminal rss reader a try for a bit and see how that goes for me. I have really struggled to get into an rss reader since google reader died.
I installed with the recommended snap for Ubuntu.
sudo snap install newsboat
Running help for newsboat directed me towards their config files at the bottom.
❯ newsboat --help newsboat r2.22 usage: /snap/newsboat/3849/usr/local/bin/newsboat [-i <file>|-e] [-u <urlfile>] [-c <cachefile>] [-x <command> ...] [-h] -e, --export-to-opml export OPML feed to stdout -r, --refresh-on-start refresh feeds on start -i, --import-from-opml=<file> import OPML file -u, --url-file=<urlfile> read RSS feed URLs from <urlfile> -c, --cache-file=<cachefile> use <cachefile> as cache file -C, --config-file=<configfile> read configuration from <configfile> -X, --vacuum compact the cache -x, --execute=<command>... execute list of commands -q, --quiet quiet startup -v, --version get version information -l, --log-level=<loglevel> write a log with a certain loglevel (valid values: 1 to 6) -d, --log-file=<logfile> use <logfile> as output log file -E, --export-to-file=<file> export list of read articles to <file> -I, --import-from-file=<file> import list of read articles from <file> -h, --help this help --cleanup remove unreferenced items from cache Files: - configuration: /home/nic/snap/newsboat/3849/.newsboat/config - feed URLs: /home/nic/snap/newsboat/3849/.newsboat/urls - cache: /home/nic/snap/newsboat/3849/.newsboat/cache.db Support at #newsboat at https://freenode.net or on our mailing list https://groups.google.com/g/newsboat For more information, check out https://newsboat.org/
I just need to edit its urls file.
The Urls file is just a list of urls to rss feeds. Adding mine in allowed me to see all of my posts.
I took most of my config from a blog post that I found by Evan Travers. It set some sane defaults to the reading width and vim keys.
# http://evantravers.com/articles/2020/04/15/reworking-my-rss-reading/ # Hide feeds where all the items are read. show-read-feeds no # Make the text width readable text-width 50 # Use multiple threads to download all the news faster. reload-threads 11 # browser ~/bin/newsboat-browser.sh # browser "/usr/bin/brave-browser %u" # unbind keys unbind-key ENTER unbind-key j unbind-key k unbind-key J unbind-key K unbind-key ^D unbind-key ^U unbind-key o unbind-key g unbind-key G # bind keys - vim style bind-key j down bind-key k up bind-key l open bind-key h quit bind-key ^D pagedown bind-key ^U pageup bind-key b toggle-source-view bind-key U toggle-show-read-feeds bind-key u show-urls bind-key g home bind-key G end bind-key b open-in-browser-and-mark-read bind-key B open-in-browser bind-key i sort bind-key I rev-sort
No matter how many different guides I tried I keedp getting
error code 127 when trying to
open-in-browser. Please let me know if you know how to fix this. For now I am just going to roll with it.
Here's how it looks
browsing a feed in newsboat
reading an article in newsboat