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unable to read my own rss feed
surrealillusions

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 6:31 pm on Jan 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

I've made my own RSS xml feed/file. I added it to thunderbird, and it reads other RSS feeds fine, but it wont update mine.

When i added it, it was fine, it downloaded the one and only item in there. But now I've added a 2nd item, it doesnt update. I've uploaded the file to my website, and it looks fine and is valid.

The title and description is different, I've added a <pubDate> on the 2nd one but the link is the same in the 2 items, would this stop it or not?

If not, then why would it not update?

 

bill

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 5:23 am on Jan 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

The first thing I'll ask is does your feed validate? [validator.w3.org]

How long are you waiting for the feed to update? Sometimes it can take a while depending on the software's update schedule.

surrealillusions

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 4:05 pm on Jan 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

The feed validates. I've waited for over 24 hours now, but still no luck. Had other feeds come through fine both days.

bill

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 8:46 am on Jan 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

What's generating the RSS and how are you updating the file?

surrealillusions

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 6:06 pm on Jan 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've built the RSS file myself, and I simply upload it to the server where my site is.

I'm probably not completely understanding how RSS works if this is wrong.

:)

bill

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 2:29 am on Jan 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

What's the template for the RSS you're using? Did you write the whole thing from scratch? Did you copy a working feed and replace the info with your own? Are you using a feed editor?

Maybe you could post a snippet of code (use example.com for any domain specifics.)

surrealillusions

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 9:48 pm on Jan 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

I built it from scratch using some online tutorials and looking at other RSS feeds.

Heres what i have, although ive only put the one item in there. The only other item is pretty much the same except without the pubDate.

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<rss version="2.0">
<channel>
<title>RSS News Feed</title>
<link>http://www.example.com/</link>
<description>Updates and latest news.</description>
<language>en-us</language>
<docs>http://www.example.com/news.xml</docs>
<item>
<title>News Title</title>
<description>
&lt;img src=&quot;http://www.example.com/image.jpg &quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
See the latest news and images at &lt;a href="http://www.example.com/image/"&gt;photo blog page&lt;/a&gt;. Some more description</description>
<pubDate>Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
<link>http://www.example.com/image/</link>
</item>
</channel>
</rss>

bill

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 7:38 am on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

The RSS 2.0 spec [cyber.law.harvard.edu] lets you have a <pubDate> for the channel as well. Look at how they use it in their sample feed.

dogdog172

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Msg#: 3827299 posted 5:11 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi surrealillusions, have you finally got your own RSS feed updated automatically in Thunderbird? I am very interested in it since I am facing exactly the same issue as yours.

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