Mb – New version, new name, 2011-04-22
Elaborations on the theme of anothy’s original tweet. Occasionally useful as prototype API poking sticks during development of larger clients for other systems — and of course to keep up with the web joneses from the comfort and safety of Plan 9.
These files are available in the Bell Labs Plan 9 sources contrib area, i.e.,
read, write – simple microblogging
mb/read [ –pr ] [ –h url ] [ user ]
mb/write [ –d ] [ –h url ] [ text ... ]
rc(1) scripts are simple clients for reading and writing on microblogs; that is, short message publication services that implement the so–called Twitter API.
Read prints on the standard output a microblog user
user’s “Personal Timeline” at the API root URL
url. In the absence of
–h, the value of the environment variable
mbapiurl, if any, is used. If no
user is given, the environment variable
mbuser is consulted. If
$mbuser is in turn empty,
$user is presumed as the remote user name. Under
read prints only replies sent to the
–p prints the entire “Public Timeline”.
Write publishes text to the microblog service at the API root
–h is omitted,
write uses the value of the environment variable
mbapiurl for the service URL. If
text is not given, a single line is read from standard input. The
–d flag prints the server response (in XML format) on standard error.
Both programs query
factotum(4) for authentication as needed.
Read the Identi.ca home timeline of screenname
mb/read –h https://identi.ca/api glenda
Read the Twitter home timeline of the authenticated user:
mb/read –h http://api.supertweet.net/1
Write refuses text <1 or >140 runes, exiting with status
user argument and the
mbuser environment variable have no effect when reading Twitter via the known API proxy, which exposes only an authenticated user’s timelines.