RSS protocol in libpurple

Allan Clark allanc at
Sat May 19 04:12:28 EDT 2007

On 5/18/07, Pavol Rusnak <prusnak at> wrote:
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> Hello!
> Maybe some of you know console IM program centericq. Development was
> abandoned year and half ago, so it was forked into centerim[1] project.
> There is an effort to rewrite it completely from the scratch using
> libpurple. The problem is that libpurple lacks RSS protocol support,
> which is a must for some of the centerim/icq users[2]. Are there any
> plans to port RSS protocol into libpurple? Or has it to be done with
> some kind of purple plug-in?
> [1]
> [2]
> PS:
> For those who can't imagine how RSS works in instant messenger program:
> * user adds RSS feed as new contact and sets refresh period
> * as soon as there are any updates, contact pops up and you can read the
> news
> * any messages sent to this contact are discarded / not sent anywhere
> (but saved into history)

Sounds like a bot that accepts a "watch http://.../..rss" and
(checking the refresh on the RSS, or user-specified) transfers RSS
item guid or URls into messages on a libpurple-connected IM account.
It would be a bot, a bogus client, but not a Pidgin addition unless it
becomes some kind of optional-build.



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