[arch-general] [arch-dev-public] Get notified on website updates
grbzks at gmail.com
Fri May 15 12:32:57 EDT 2009
On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 06:13:09PM +0200, Pierre Schmitz wrote:
> maybe you are familar with the following problem:
> You want to get notified when there is a new upstream release. The problem is
> that not all projects offer rss feeds or an announce mailing list. And if they
> do they are sometimes too verbose or don't cover the updates you like.
> So needed something to watch a certain website and tell me if anything
> changed. There are a lot of webservices, firefox plugins etc..; but they are
> all too complicated and just don't offer what I need.
> So I though it would be quite easy to write something myself using cron and
> lynx. So I after a few minutes I had a simple Bash script whih just does the
> It loops through an url list and prints the diff to the previous run. Running
> this by cron I get an email including the diff everytime one of the observed
> websites are updated.
> Maybe someone else has some use for it, too. And perhaps I'll even create a
> git repo for it; though I don't think I should add much more "features". ;-)
Frugalware has been doing similar stuff for a long while but they have
an up2date field in their build scripts. See for example:
They recently converted that to a Flasttar function:
The source is somewhere in here:
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