So. I’m learning Perl and needed a simple project to test out. My rss2email list has more than a 100 feeds that are checked hourly. Unfortunately I have no way of knowing which feeds are broken, or no longer being updated. That seemed like a simple enough thing to test out. Enter check_feeds.pl. This simple script accepts a single file as input (the file contains rss feeds, one per line). Running it gives a list of broken feeds, and those that have not been updated in the past two months.
I used XML::Feed to fetch and parse the feeds. It did crash on at least a dozen feeds in my list, so I regrettably had to comment them out for now. Future versions should fix this to make it more usable. Here is what a sample run looks like:
thaum ~/code/perl$ ./check_feeds.pl feedlist.txt
Feeds older than60 days are:
Dead feeds that could not be read are:
And here is the actual file itself.
Update: Ok, I finally signed up on GitHub, so the script is available there as well. Hopefully a few months down the line the quality of my code will improve 🙂