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<section>
<title>bti</title>
<refentry>
<refentryinfo>
<title>bti</title>
<date>May 2008</date>
<productname>bti</productname>
</refentryinfo>
<refmeta>
<refentrytitle>bti</refentrytitle>
<manvolnum>1</manvolnum>
<refmiscinfo class="version"></refmiscinfo>
</refmeta>
<refnamediv>
<refname>bti</refname>
<refpurpose>send a tweet to twitter.com from the command line</refpurpose>
</refnamediv>
<refsynopsisdiv>
<cmdsynopsis>
<command>bti</command>
<arg><option>--account account</option></arg>
<arg><option>--password password</option></arg>
<arg><option>--bash</option></arg>
<arg><option>--debug</option></arg>
<arg><option>--version</option></arg>
<arg><option>--help</option></arg>
</cmdsynopsis>
</refsynopsisdiv>
<refsect1><title>DESCRIPTION</title>
<para>bti sends a twitter message to twitter.com.
</para>
</refsect1>
<refsect1><title>OPTIONS</title>
<variablelist>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>--account account</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>
Specify the twitter.com account name.
</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>--password password</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>
Specify the password of your twitter.com account.
</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>--debug</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>Print a whole bunch of debugging messages to stdout.</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>--bash</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>
Add the working directory and a '$' in the twitter message to
help specify it is coming from a command line. Don't put the
working directory and the '$' in the twitter message.
</para>
<para>
This mode also does not report back any errors that might have
happened when sending the message, and it sends it in the
background, returning immediately, allowing the process to
continue on.
</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>--version</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>Print version number.</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>--help</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>Print help text.</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
</variablelist>
</refsect1>
<refsect1>
<title>DESCRIPTION</title>
<para>
bti provides an easy way to send twitter messages direct from the
command line or any script. It reads the message on standard
input and uses the account and password settings either from the
command line options, or from a config file, to send the message
out.
</para>
<para>
It's primary focus is to allow you to log everything that you
type into a bash shell, in a crazy, "this is what I'm doing right
now!" type of way, letting the world follow along with you
constant moving between directories and refreshing your email
queue to see if there's anything interesting going on.
</para>
<para>
To hook bti up to your bash shell, export the following variable:
</para>
<para>
<literal> PROMPT_COMMAND='history 1 | sed -e "s/^\s*[0-9]*\s*//" | bti --bash'</literal>
</para>
<para>
This example assumes that you have the
<filename>~/.bti</filename> set up with your account and password
information already in it, otherwise you can specify them as an
option.
</para>
</refsect1>
<refsect1>
<title>CONFIGURATION</title>
<para>
The account and password can be stored in a configuration file
in the users home directory in a file named
<filename>.bti</filename> The structure of this file is as
follows:
</para>
<variablelist>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>account</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>
The twitter.com account name you wish to use to send this
message with.
</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><option>password</option></term>
<listitem>
<para>
The twitter.com password for the account you wish to use
to send this message with.
</para>
</listitem>
</varlistentry>
</variablelist>
<para>
There is an example config file called
<filename>bti.example</filename> in the source tree that shows
the structure of the file if you need an example to work off of.
</para>
</refsect1>
<refsect1><title>AUTHOR</title>
<para>Written by Greg Kroah-Hartman <email>greg@kroah.com</email>.</para>
</refsect1>
</refentry>
</section>
</article>
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