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Be notified when interesting questions are posted to Stack Exchange sites.

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Stack Alert is a program to notify you a question matching certain filters is asked on a Stack Exchange site. Stack Exchange has a feature that allows you to be notified when questions matching certain tags are asked, but this is often so broad as to be useless. Stack Alert instead allows you to filter using regular expressions against the title and body of the question.

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Getting Started

Install stack_alert using pip, preferably into a clean virtual environment:

$ python -m venv ~/stack_alert_venv
$ ~/stack_alert_venv/bin/activate
$ pip install stack_alert

Specify which questions you want to receive alerts for:

$ vi ~/.config/stack_alert/config.toml
[[query]]
site = 'stackoverflow'
tag = 'python'
keywords = '(num|sci)py'  # regular expression
recipient = 'alice@example.com'

Configure cron to call stack_alert at 5:00 PM every day. Log messages are written to stderr. I recommend using ts and tinylog to collect and rotate these messages. Make sure that $PATH includes the stack_alert virtual environment, the aforementioned logging programs, and sendmail:

$ which sendmail
/usr/sbin/sendmail
$ crontab -e
PATH=$HOME/stack_alert_venv/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/bin
0 17 * * * stack_alert 2>&1 | ts | tinylog /path/to/log/dir

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