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Hack to get all posts with Textmate/Blogging Fetch

David Nunez
David Nunez
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UPDATE (2007.03.20.084041): Don’t do this. It’s an awful hack and will grind your computer to a halt.

I want to hack the textmate blogging bundle to do a full download of all posts in a blog and save those posts to local disk.

First, I just hacked the bundle to allow user to fetch any post from the blog.

Note: This is a slow hack and should only sparingly be used.

Knud Möller talks about using XMLRPC to get all posts from a blog. I opted to use the “number of post requests is ridiculously large” approach. Mephisto implements the GetRecentPost call with a limit indicating number of posts to retrieve, so it’s still only one database hit (but creates a whole lot more objects in memory).

# `/Applications/`

def fetch
     # Makes sure endpoint is determined and elements are parsed
     current_password = self.password
     require "#{ENV['TM_SUPPORT_PATH']}/lib/progress.rb"
     result = nil
     TextMate.call_with_progress(:title => "Fetch Post", :message => "Contacting Server “#{@host}”…") do
       result = self.client.getRecentPosts(self.blog_id, self.username, current_password, 100000) # HERE IS WHERE YOU SPECIFY NUMBER OF POSTS TO RETRIEVE
     if !result || !result.length
       TextMate.exit_show_tool_tip("No posts are available!")
     @mw_success = true
     if = select_post(result)
   rescue XMLRPC::FaultException => e
     TextMate.exit_show_tool_tip("Error retrieving posts. Check your configuration and try again.")

This works fine. Next up:

  • Create a separate command for Fetch latest 20 and Fetch All
  • Create command to “create index listing”
  • Create command to “Fetch All Posts and then save each post to separate file in specified directory”

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