Is there a GUI for the feed reader newsbeuter?

Or would there be an easy way to create one for it?

Or is there any other graphical feed reader that could use the cache.db database (SQLite) of newsbeuter?

  • Hurrm, wait... Was under the impression that newsbeuter's TUI is its main selling point, kind of... Why do you need a GUI when a nearly perfect TUI is available? (No, I don't use mutt or pine :) ) – Deer Hunter Feb 17 '13 at 9:10
  • @DeerHunter: There are several reasons: a) It's no fun to read longer texts on the console. b) I have several hundred feeds and it's way easier to scan them in a graphical interface (in newsbeuter, I literally have to read). c) I want to view images inline. d) the newsbeuter TUI is slow (yeah, sounds weird, but I noticed a short loading time when opening a feed/entry, which gets pretty annoying when I browse through a few hundred posts). – unor Feb 17 '13 at 10:27
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    unor, the only non-cloud-based solution I have for you is switching to another reader - Liferea, for instance; if you want to import existing newsbeuter database into the reader you'll have to write an ETL script (starting with sqlite3's .dump command). Another idea to cut through the 100's of feeds is using Yahoo! Pipes to filter relevant items. The upshot is that you can switch between various ways of presenting the same mega-feed after putting the "badge" onto your web site. YMMV. And yes, I feel your pain on information overload... – Deer Hunter Feb 17 '13 at 11:41
  • @DeerHunter: Thanks for your suggestions. I tried Liferea some time ago, but it couldn't handle the amount of my feeds/entries (it often became unresponsive). At the moment I use RSSOwl, but it has it problems with such a big database, too. Regarding Yahoo! Pipes: I like that service, but I want to archive all entries and filter them locally. – unor Feb 17 '13 at 11:53
  • Your solution with an archive that large has to be built around a high-performance database back-end (most feed readers as you know use substandard, high-complexity algorithms). – Deer Hunter Feb 17 '13 at 12:02

No, there is no GUI for newsbeuter. It does, however, have an export option to print subscriptions to either stdout or a file; see man newsbeuter:

Export feeds as OPML to stdout

You could simply export your subscription list as .opml and import the list into a graphical client of your choosing.

  • I'm interested in all feed entries (which are saved in .newsbeuter/cache.db), not just in the feed URLs (which are listed in .newsbeuter/urls). – unor Feb 17 '13 at 7:57
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    Start coding... ;) – jasonwryan Feb 17 '13 at 7:58

unor, if it's been some time since you looked at Liferea, maybe take another look. I'm using version 1.18.12 on Fedora with about 400 feeds with no real issues. I found earlier releases to be buggy and very slow to update. Update speed still doesn't match something like NetNewsWire on OS X, but it's tolerably quick.

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