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A command-line podcast aggregator

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# greg

A command-line podcast aggregator, written in python 3. It basically exposes
some of the functionality of the excellent

## Installation

greg requires Python 3.

### Install via pip

These instructions will not work with Python 3 installed via homebrew. See the [section below](#installing-via-homebrew-python3) for work-arounds.

When using pip it's preferable to install packages locally.

`pip3 install --user greg`

This installs greg to `~/.local/bin`. Ensure this directory is included in your system path by adding these lines to `~/.profile`:

# set PATH so it includes user's .local/bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/.local/bin" ] ; then

Save `~/.profile` and run the following command in a terminal to refresh the system path:

`source ~/.profile`

Now run `greg` and you should see the greg help text displayed in your terminal.

### Installing via homebrew python3

The normal pip `install --user` is disabled for homebrew Python 3, so you cannot follow the above instructions. You have 2 options:

1. Create a workaround by setting a custom local install location. Follow [these instructions]( in the homebrew docs.
2. Use sudo: `sudo pip3 install greg`

## Configuration

To edit the configuration for greg, copy the system-wide [greg.conf]( file to your local config folder:

cp `greg retrieveglobalconf` ~/.config/greg/greg.conf

Then open and edit `~/.config/greg/greg.conf` in a text editor. The configuration file is self-explanatory.

## Usage

Let's start by adding a feed (RSS or Atom versions will do):

greg add PhilosophyBites

The `add` command expects a name and a url of an RSS or Atom feed. You will use this name to refer to the feed whenever you interact with it.

If you were to run `greg sync` now, it would download the latest episode of the podcast to the default directory (which is `~/Podcasts`; you can change how many episodes are dowloaded in the first sync, and the download directory, in the config file; see below). But maybe we just want to check out what this podcast is all about, so we download a list of available entries:

greg check -f PhilosophyBites

(the `-f` flag means that "PhilosophyBites" is the name of a feed. `greg check` also accepts urls directly, using the `-u` flag.)

This will give you the following kind of info:

0: Tom Sorell on Surveillance (2013-01-25T13:43:46+00:00)
1: John Campbell on Schizophrenia (2013-01-08T12:41:27+00:00)
2: Kendall Walton on Photography (2012-12-23T12:33:09+00:00)
3: Twitter Competition: Who's Your Favourite Philosopher? (2012-12-11T07:24:51+00:00)
4: Alan Ryan on Freedom and Its History (2012-12-08T11:16:45+00:00)
5: Nigel Warburton at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford 7pm Wed. Dec. 5th (2012-12-01T11:19:09+00:00)
6: Who's Your Favourite Philosopher? (2012-11-30T18:33:56+00:00)
7: Peter Adamson on Avicenna's Flying Man Thought Experiment (2012-11-26T15:57:18+00:00)
8: Links to Past Episodes (2012-12-01T11:53:03+00:00)
9: Tim Bayne on the Unity of Consciousness (2012-11-11T22:20:17+00:00)
10: Galen Strawson on the Sense of Self (2012-05-05T12:56:05+01:00)
11: Liane Young on Mind and Morality (2012-10-27T12:39:22+01:00)
12: Gary L. Francione on Animal Abolitionism (2012-10-13T13:48:32+01:00)
13: Richard Sorabji on Mahatma Gandhi as Philosopher (2012-09-28T13:18:08+01:00)
14: Tim Crane on Non-Existence (2012-09-15T18:50:32+01:00)
15: Michael Tye on Pain (2012-08-31T20:51:01+01:00)
16: Daniel Dennett on Free Will Worth Wanting (2012-08-18T08:58:24+01:00)
17: Pat Churchland on What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Morality (2012-08-03T22:52:12+01:00)
18: Rae Langton on Hate Speech (2012-07-28T20:14:27+01:00)
19: Molly Crockett on Brain Chemistry and Moral-Decision Making (originally on Bioethics Bites) (2012-07-22T21:14:35+01:00)

Interesting stuff. We'll download a couple of episodes, just to make sure that
it's really worth it:

greg download 1, 5-7

and Greg says

Downloading John Campbell on Schizophrenia -- John_Campbell_on_Schizophrenia.mp3
Downloading John Campbell on Schizophrenia -- John_Campbell_on_Berkeleys_Puzzle_1.mp3
Downloading Who's Your Favourite Philosopher? -- Whos_Your_Favourite_Philosopher_.mp3
Downloading Peter Adamson on Avicenna's Flying Man Thought Experiment -- Peter_Adamson_on_Avicennas_Flying_Man.mp3
Downloading Peter Adamson on Avicenna's Flying Man Thought Experiment -- AdamsonMixSes.MP3
Downloading Peter Adamson on Avicenna's Flying Man Thought Experiment -- Peter_Adamson_on_Plotinus_on_Evil.mp3

As you can see, `greg download` accepts a range of episodes of the kind `a, b,
c-f, h, ...`. The numbers make reference to the numbers at the beginning of
each entry provided by `greg check`. `check` creates a persistent file
(`feeddump` in the data directory, `~/.local/share/greg/data by` default, but
you can change that in the config file, or passing a different path with the
`--datadirectory` flag), so `download` will keep on working, and referring to
the last `check` ever done.

All of these podcasts will be downloaded to the default download directory for
the feed (if you used the `-f` flag) or the general default download directory
(again, `~/Podcasts` if you don't tell Greg otherwise. We'll learn how to
change that soon), inside a subdirectory named after the podcast (we can change
that default too.) After listening to them we decide that this podcast is well
worth our time, and keep it, or we decide that it's not, and

greg remove PhilosophyBites

If we keep it, we might want to start `sync`ing from, say, the 30th of April,
2013, on. So we edit the feed information

greg edit PhilosophyBites -d 2013-4-30

`-d` or `--downloadfrom` change the date after which Greg should start
downloading episodes when it syncs. Currently, the only two things one can
`edit` in a feed are the download-from date and `--url` -- but many more things
can be changed by editing the config file. `greg edit -h` will give help you
with the `edit` options and syntax -- likewise for the rest of Greg

All right. Let's add a second feed:

greg add History

If you want to keep track of the feeds you have added, you can ask Greg:

greg info

which returns

Next sync will download from: 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00.


Let us add another feed:

greg add MusicaAntigua

This is a great program on ancient music at the Spanish public radio. The thing
is, these guys do not tag their episodes, which is bad for most portable media
players. Greg uses [stagger]( (as an
optional dependency) to tag podcasts, if one so wishes. By default, it uses the
podcast name for the *artist* tag, and the entry title for the *title* tag. To
enable tagging for MusicaAntigua, copy the system-wide config file locally. (see [Configuration](#configuration) above)

Then, add a section for MusicaAntigua:


Tag = yes

In fact, you can fill out any tag however you see fit. For example,

tag_genre = Ancient Music
tag_comment = {date}

will fill the *genre* tag with the string "Ancient Music", and the *comment*
tag with the download date.

Let's add a video podcast

greg add TEDTalks

By default, Greg only donwloads audio files (in fact, files that have "audio"
as part of their type). In order to download the right file in TEDTalks, then,
you need to change that in the config file. Again, add a section:


mime = video

You could also have a couple of types there, as in `mime = audio, video`; or
any other type, `mime = torrent`, or whatever.

Another useful thing that you can change in the config file is the download
handler; Greg by default uses `urllib.request.urlretrieve`, but you can use
whatever you want. I, for example, have

downloadhandler = wget {link} -P {directory}

in my local `greg.conf`. You can do all sorts of nice things with this. For
example, when `check`ing a podcast, you don't need to download it, but maybe
just stream it, like this:

greg download 0 --downloadhandler "mplayer {link}"

One last thing: if you subscribe to a very active feed, and you are only
interested in some of the entries, you can filter the feed. For example, if you
only want to watch TED talks about Google, say, you can add the following line
to the `[TEDTalks]` section:

filter = "Google" in "{title}"

(You need the quotes around {title} if the string you are filtering by has
spaces, for example; they are strictly unnecessary here.)

For information about the {placeholders}, take a look at
In `greg.conf` you can also change the download directory, and some other
things. It should be self-explanatory.

## Contributors

* [FilipBB](
* [Narrat](
* [Nick](

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