Does anyone have suggestions for tracking updates to sites that don’t have RSS feeds? Ideally whatever script would output RSS that my feed reader can then subscribe to.

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I’m hoping to watch a bunch of different classifieds sites that probably have relatively-consistent HTML, and not have to load them manually every day.

Wiring up automation for a new hobby 😁

@mathiasx What tools do you have to hand? What I've done in the past is write a script that curls the page and does a byte-wise sync comparison against a local copy. If the change is large (configurable) then it emails me.

I don't run it any more, but since it was just for me it was fairly short and simple.

I don't know of any service for this.

@humanetech @ColinTheMathmo thanks! This or Scrapy (suggested by @logoninternet ) and fiddling with parsing the HTML right should work!

I’ve got a little yunohost server that can run whatever language and DB is needed, but haven’t hand-rolled a service definition on it yet. Might be time for one for RSS Bridge or whatever I make like it.

@humanetech @ColinTheMathmo @logoninternet turns out RSS-Bridge was on yunohost already. Giving it a try, will have to write my own bits to parse the HTML, but it doesn’t look so bad.

@mathiasx there was a good free change detection service I used to use, maybe I can dig it up.

@mathiasx it was, which has been rebranded but might still work?


Just my 2 cents

umm less is more. do everything manual. Shotgun days are OVER!

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@mathiasx Follow That Page ( sends you an email when the content of up to 20 pages change.

h/t @trashheap for the find

@hypolite @trashheap at least one of these is a Joomla that returns 503 but loads in a browser — either it knows it is being scrapes and needs a browser-like user agent, or it doesn’t like the server in The Netherlands. I guess I’ll have to write some glue code.

@mathiasx I haven’t used it myself but I’ve heard Feedly has something like that, and the feeds it creates are usable outside of Feedly too

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