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The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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Q: How to parse RSS into PHP for Apache HTTP Server?

  1. Read General Notes
  2. Read How to install Apache HTTP Server for HTTP (Web) Server service?
  3. Read How to install PHP for Apache HTTP Server?
  4. e.g. Assumed that RSS is DistroWatch.com - News
  5. wget -c http://frankandjacq.com/ubuntuguide/magpierss-0.71.1.tar.gz
    sudo mkdir /var/www/feeds
    sudo tar zxvf magpierss-0.71.1.tar.gz -C /var/www/feeds/
    sudo mv /var/www/feeds/magpierss-0.71.1/* /var/www/feeds/
    sudo rm -fr /var/www/feeds/magpierss-0.71.1/
    sudo chown -R www-data:root /var/www/feeds/
    sudo gedit /var/www/feeds/index.php
  6. Insert the following lines into the new file
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
    
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en" xml:lang="en">
    
    <head>
    
    <title>DistroWatch.com - News</title>
    
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/>
    
    <style type="text/css">
    /*<![CDATA[*/
    /* 
    DEFAULT TAG STYLES
    */
    
    body {
      background: #ffffff;
      margin-left: 20px;
      font-family: bitstream vera sans,sans-serif;
      font-size: 9pt;
    }
    
    h1 {
      font-family: luxi sans,sans-serif;
      font-size: 15pt;
    }
    
    /*]]>*/
    </style>
    
    </head>
    
    <body>
    
    <?php
    
    require_once 'rss_fetch.inc';
    error_reporting(E_ERROR);
    
    $url = 'http://distrowatch.com/news/dw.xml';
    $rss = fetch_rss($url);
    
    if ($rss) {
    
      echo "<h1>";
      echo "<a href=$url>", $rss->channel[title], "</a><br/>";
      echo "</h1>";
    
      foreach ($rss->items as $item ) {
        $url = $item[link];
        $title = $item[title];
        $description = $item[description];
        echo "<li>";
        echo "<b>Topic:</b> <a href=$url><b><u>$title</u></b></a><br/><br/>";
        echo "$description<br/><br/>";
        echo "</li>";
      }
    
    }
    else {
      echo "<a href=$url>", $url, "</a> - Server Down!<br/>";
    }
    
    ?>
    
    </body>
    
    </html>
  7. Save the edited file (sample)
  8. http://localhost/feeds/index.php


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