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Feed update problem

Micke W
  • Micke W

    Micke W - 2012-02-09

    A few days back, I discovered that my RSSOwl 2.1.2 could no longer update the
    OMG! Ubuntu! feed:

    Repairing etc. didn't work, so I finally started anew (clean installation) and
    added the feed "from scratch". After that updates only displays one single
    article (the very latest one, which gets replaced by subsequent updates, so
    there's always just one single article from this feed). All other feeds,
    including Feedburner ones, works perfectly.

    Not good...

    I get exactly the same behaviour with a fresh install of the Ubuntu version of

    Other RSS readers, like e.g. Liferea (Ubuntu), Feedreader (Windows) has no
    problems at all with this particular feed, but I would prefer staying with

    To me, this suggests an issue with RSSOwl rather than with this particular

    Any ideas?

  • Micke W

    Micke W - 2012-02-09

    Thanks for your reply!

    Ran it through FeedValidator earlier, but since it said "This is a valid RSS
    feed is valid" and I wasn't aware of the "content:encoded" problem, I didn't
    pay any attention to it...

    This must have been introduced in the feed recently, because it worked OK
    until Feb 1st.

    I'm no good at compiling etc., so it would be nice if the patch/patches from
    "rcaputo" could be introduced in a development version.

  • Micke W

    Micke W - 2012-02-17

    I have noticed exactly the same behaviour (and same starting date, as far as I
    can see) as I described in post #1 for another feed.

    "" doesn't update
    any more, so in order not to lose older news I subscribed to the alternative

    The latter updates (well, sort of...), but displays only one article and
    doesn't keep the older ones. Exactly like

    However, doesn't indicate any errors/problems at all with
    this feed.

    Very frustrating...

  •  furlot

    furlot - 2012-04-04

    I have the same issue with several Feeds, it's seems all are feedburner feeds

  • John Barrett

    John Barrett - 2012-04-30

    Had the same issue on another site, and the problem is this:

    <atom:link rel="payment" href="&lt;a class=" "="" href="http://www.debtd;amp%3Bid=7279&amp;amp%3Bmd5=5374cbea1294fda9 473f301e8eadd018">" type="text/html" />

    It's those Flattr links that are breaking it.

  • Anonymous - 2012-05-19

    Same issue here. Does anyone have any idea if the nightly builds address this

  • Rocco Caputo

    Rocco Caputo - 2012-05-19

    My guess is that this is a "patches welcome" situation at best. And the
    patches probably should be guaranteed to apply and work. My patch in comment 9
    at []
    seems to be above the "needs work" threshold to get applied.

    I like RSSOwl a lot. Better than any other RSS reader I've seen so far. Lack
    of maintenance makes me sad, though. It makes me wish I were a Java

  • Rocco Caputo

    Rocco Caputo - 2012-05-19

    I don't think nightly builds matter right now. The SVN repository doesn't show
    any code changes since 2.1.2 was released.

  • genodeftest

    genodeftest - 2012-05-19

    @rcaputo: It's not that complicated to become a Java Programmer…

    The main problem is that maintaining software like RSSOwl is not that easy.
    Since RSSOwl is based on Eclipse RCP it needs to be ported to a newer version
    of Eclipse RCP – which should solve most browser-related problems but is much

    I am a Java programmer but just now don't have enough time to do that alone.
    I'm just thinking about which Infrastructure would be best (Bugtracker? git or
    SVN, I prefer Git, …), and if we could ask bpasero to give us access to some
    parts oft his infrastructure.

    And: Who would be able to help me?

    The next step whould be:

    • creating a roadmap

    • collecting / analyzing all bug reports & feature requests from this forum
    and the comments from if helpful

    • port RSSOwl from Eclipse RCP 3.4 to Eclipse RCP 4.2 (or 4.3, depending on
    how much time it takes)

    • update the other libraries (Db4o, JDOM, Apache Lucene)

    • replace Apache httpclient by Apache HTTPComponents

    • bundle all localisations

  • Albirew

    Albirew - 2012-05-29

    @genodeftest : does't SF have a bugtracker for it's users?

    I'm not a dev, still, I'll be glad to help you out if i can. if you need web
    space, bugtracker or so, just ask me...

    If bpasero refuse to give you access and if you have enough people to help you
    out with code, why don't you create a fork of rssowl?

  • Rocco Caputo

    Rocco Caputo - 2012-05-29


    I prefer git. There's a github repository for RSSOwl (looks a little stale),
    and SourceForge supports it.

    Programming the Java is probably not as hard as figuring out how to build the
    project. I've already written one RSSOwl patch (twice) for this problem, but I
    can't test it or use it privately because... handwavey Eclipse stuff that when
    it works is very very good, and when it fails is horrid.

    A week ago I downloaded the latest Eclipse and followed the instructions from
    RSSOwl's web site for using new Eclipse. They didn't work. I asked on freenode

    rssowl. No answer so far, so I've just been lurking. If anyone else has got

    this to build, a howto would help a lot.

  • genodeftest

    genodeftest - 2012-05-29


    I have forked RSSOwl on github:

    And sourceforge is just inconvenient. If you want to report issues do on http
    , but I can't guaranee that I will work on them. And I don't need
    webspace, thanks anyway.

    bpasero is right about that I should fork RSSOwl – what I did.

    @rcaputo: see

    And I too have problems how to build the project. Which patch? Yes, RSSOwl
    Code does not work with Eclipse >> 3.4.2 because of major API changes from
    3.4.x to 3.5.x (package org.eclipse.update was removed in 3.5 or somewhat
    later). I doubt anyone supports on #rssowl.

    Try using Eclipse 3.4 instead of the latest Eclipse, this should work – even
    if I don't like that solution. I'll try to make it work on Eclipse 4.2.x, but
    that may take a while.

  • jocogi

    jocogi - 2012-06-07

    I know this program is open source, but is there any way to monetise it? I
    would gladly pay for a premium version or have ads integrated. Thanks for the
    link to the fork genodeftest. I will have a look at it.

    I'm still searching for a solution to the problem of my RSSowl not syncing
    properly with Google. I think I will start investigating whether the problem
    is with Google instead.

  • genodeftest

    genodeftest - 2012-06-07

    You can donate using the "donate" button on or the project page
    (both using paypal). But don't expect anything to change by donating. We just
    need some developers actively contributing to RSSOwl.

  • jocogi

    jocogi - 2012-06-07

    Understood. I'm not a big fan of donations and free systems for that reason. I
    prefer to directly pay for services I rely heavily upon. Do you think you
    and/or others would have any interest in developing privately? It's possible I
    would be able to learn to help develop it, but it's not really my strength. I
    would gladly pay others to do it for me though. Whoever has done the bulk of
    the work on RSSowl (Ben?) has done an EXCELLENT job! I think they deserve some
    sort of compensation for their time and skills.

    Such is the business of software!

  • genodeftest

    genodeftest - 2012-06-07

    Yes, Ben has done the bulk of work.

    Speaking for me I can atm not provide anything like "commercial support" for
    RSSOwl since

    • I don't have much time

    • I can't estimate how much time I needed for giving support on RSSOwl

    • I don't like nor use Google for different reasons, mainly their anti-privacy
    business concept

    • I just started understanding RSSOwl

  • Anonymous - 2012-06-09

    I would stay with using Paypal to donate whenever someone feels like it. I am
    also too busy to provide better support than through the forums here.

  • John Barrett

    John Barrett - 2012-06-18

    Ok more and more sites, including prominent ones like TorrentFreak, are now
    using Flattr, which contains the atom element that is breaking this; it should
    be a really easy fix, so it seriously needs an update.

    Is there a binary I can get anywhere else, where someone has fixed this?

  • John Barrett

    John Barrett - 2012-06-29

    Any word? More feeds are breaking all the time.


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