mrrix32 Posted February 24, 2012 Share Posted February 24, 2012 fbcmd is a command line interface for Facebook (Probably deserves a segment!). Yesterday I saw the HakTip about Festival, a free TTS engine for Linux. I knew the two needed to be combined, so I made a bash script that reads out the latest post from your Facebook stream! (Skip to the bottom for the completed script) You Will Need: Festival fbcmd Getting Festival $ sudo apt-get install festival Getting FBCMD Follow the instructions here http://fbcmd.dtompkins.com/installation How I started (aka the one line version) fbcmd stream 0 1 | grep -v [#] | cut -d "]" -f 2- | festival --tts --pipe fbcmd stream 0 1 "fbcmd stream" gives you the latest 10 updates from your stream. The first argument is the "importance" level of the updates to be output, 0 means show all. The second argument is the number of updates to show. It also outputs a header row with column labels, we don't need this so.... grep -v [#] grep -v outputs everything except lines that contain the argument. In this case "[#]". If you look at the usual output of "fbcmd stream" it is a numbered list with a header row, the header row contains [#], which is unlikely to appear in anyone's status. cut -d "]" -f 2- In this case, cut is being used to take off the first few characters of the output (The numbering column). I don't think this is strictly the way cut is meant to be used, if anyone has a better way, let me know! festival --tts --pipe Uses TTS to read out everything that is piped into it! But I've already heard that update! (aka. the long version) After I got all this working, I thought it would be better to only read out the update if it hadn't been read before (So it could be used on a timer, to give updates once a minute for example, but only if there is a new one) #!/bin/bash # Gets latest update from Facebook stream echo `fbcmd stream 0 1 | grep -v [#]` >> .facebook1 # Check to see if script has been run before if [ -a .facebook2 ] then # If it has it checks to see if this status is different FILE1=`cat .facebook1` FILE2=`cat .facebook2` if [ "$FILE1" == "$FILE2" ] then festival --tts .facebook1 fi else festival --tts .facebook1 fi # Moves status to a secondary file to be checked next time mv .facebook1 .facebook2 Ending stuff I'm not very advanced at bash script writing, so creative criticism is welcomed! Have a look at what you can do with fbcmd, the script could easily be modified to read out notifications etc instead. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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