I need to watch a RSS feed from our hudson ci server. Each time a new entry is available i want to play a sound by calling #>play sound.wav.

Does anyone know a tool which can watch a rss-feed and fire a command each time a new entry appears?

I had a look at rsstail but it gets all entries from the feed and not the latest or only the ones that are new since the last lookup.

  • Maybe you can modify bashpodder.shell? (lincgeek.org/bashpodder) – Johan Oct 6 '11 at 7:18
  • Are you sure you are using rsstail correctly? Its manpage says thet the default interval of checking for new feeds is 15 minutes and it can be changed by the -i parameter. (Remember that by RSS design, you'll never get the update information instantly, you have to poll.) – rozcietrzewiacz Oct 6 '11 at 9:18
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    hell yeah. rsstail -i 3 -u example.com/rss.xml -n 0 thats it. Thanks alot! – martin Oct 7 '11 at 11:37

You can try using Newsbeuter which has an option to run an external command (see notify-program in the documentation).

Canto also has some customizable hooks, though the whole configuration system looks a bit more complicated at first glance.

With rsstail + shell you can also invoke external commands. Start off with what you already figured out:

rsstail -i 3 -u example.com/rss.xml -n 0

and pipe the output to a while read loop:

rsstail -i 3 -u example.com/rss.xml -n 0 | while read line
    aplay /some/sound/file.wav
    echo "$line"
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Thats the solution:

rsstail -i 3 -u example.com/rss.xml -n 0 | while read x ; do play fail.ogg ; done

so each time a new topic is released in the feed, the sound will be played. play is packaged in sox

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  • I understand that this solves the part about refreshing, but is not (yet) a way to play sound (the main part you asked for). If you solved it as well, please write how. – rozcietrzewiacz Oct 7 '11 at 12:26
  • your right. just updating ... – martin Oct 12 '11 at 10:45

You could try:

while true
    now="$(curl http://yourdomain/feed.rss 2> /dev/null | grep pubDate | head -1)"
    test "$last" != "$now" && play mysound.wav
    sleep 1m
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