After catching the attention of Marco Bonetti, one of the Gregarius developers, I’ve been playing with Gregarius a little bit more over the last few days. Seems like the slow updating of feeds is a known issue, and it was suggested I moved to 0.5.4RC2 to see what kind of problems I ran into, which I was pretty keen to do in order to help them out. One of the nice things about open source projects like this – the developers genuinely care and want to help to improve their code.
So, after running it on my test server (Xen powered now, of course 😉 !), it seemed very polished for a release candidate. Some very nice new features such as built-in authentcation system for the admin area, a WordPress-like dashboard after logging in, and some extra plugins to help tidy up the formatting + display. And of course, it seemed to help with the actual delivery of the feeds which was the most important part! So much so, it’s now live on my main webserver.
Although I was quite happy with the way Gregarius was now handling the RSS feeds in the web-based system, it still wasn’t delivering this to Thunderbird. After a bit of discussion, I’ve moved to a dedicated RSS reader to figure out whether Gregarius or Thunderbird was fault. Seems like Thunderbird was the one causing the problems, as having ran Akregator for most of the day it’s been flawless. I’m finding Akregator a bit clunky though – no ability to delete multiple items, prompts on deletion of *every* item with no way to turn it off, and doesn’t display full articles, mainly links elsewhere. As their site is down after getting hit with DoS attacks, I can’t get in and download a newer version, as what scraps I pull from the Google cache and Sourceforge bug reports seem to indicate these issues are now resolved.
Still, is looking a bit more promising 🙂 Gregarius 0.5.4RC2 is handling feeds correctly, on time, and without duplications or loading old items. It’s creating + delivering the RSS feeds properly, and I’ve at least found that a decent RSS reader will handle them correctly. Am looking over the Gregarius code to see if I can develop a plugin now to allow easy deletion of all read items from the web-based system to make it easy to clear items before having them loaded into an offline reader at home. Definately going to more action with this over the next few days!