Quickly create a Planet Planet in Linux
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PlanetBuilder is a quick script to bootstrap an RSS planet on a Unix system.

Planets are now an old (and tried) technology : simple RSS aggregators that poll a number of feeds (RSS or Atom) and write a flat HTML file aggregating them together. Planet itself is basically Python glue, that uses Mark Pilgrim's Universal Feed Parser to read from RDF, RSS and Atom feeds; and Tomas Styblo's templating engine to output static files in any format you can dream up.

To find out more about Planet see http://www.planetplanet.org/

PlanetBuilder is an even simpler script that installs and configures Planet on Unix systems requiring as little work as possible.

Using PlanetBuilder

Simply copy the two scripts : planets.sh and reconfig.py into an empty directory somewhere and type

./planet.sh NEWPLANET

where NEWPLANET is the name of the new planet you want to create. The script will create a new directory called NEWPLANET, download Planet code into it and configure the directory for use.

Note that PlanetBuilder is now using my fork of the PlanetPlanet code.

Specify the feeds you want to aggregate in NEWPLANET/fancy/config.ini

To refresh the feed you can now run the script : NEWPLANET/refresh.sh

And the installer will finish by advising how to update your Crontab file to ensure regular calls.