I’ve found Wordpress to be pretty decent, aside from the security updates every other week, but for me writing is a very spur of the moment thing; I prefer to be able to go into Emacs and just immediately type anything without having to log into my blog, create a new post, and then suffer through a web editor. Basically, I want to do it in Emacs! Now! And maybe I’m offline!
So, I wrote a tiny little program to help facilitate using git and Wordpress together through the XMLRPC API, and it’s helped me write… well, if not more than at least less painfully.
Assuming that your blog is set up at http://www.yourblog.com (you can create an account at wordpress.com to test this out), all you’ll need to do is:-- make a directory for the blog mkdir blog chdir blog -- download everything python wp.py download --user=yourname --password=yourpass --url=http://www.yourblog.com/xmlrpc.php (wait a bit) git init git add . git commit -m "first version" -- now set up so we don't have to specify --user, --password, and --url every time (optional) git wp config wp.url http://www.yourblog.com/xmlrpc.php git wp config wp.user yourname git wp config wp.password yourpass
The files are downloaded in the appropriate YYYY/MM directories, with the draft directory being used for all of your unpublished drafts.
All the drafts are stored in plain text, but you’ll see some lines starting with periods – these are various Wordpress variables that are associated with the file. You can change them, as well; for example, to change the title of the post, just change the line that begins with “.title”.
You can use the status command to see differences between the local file system and your blog.python wp.py status
If you’ve made changes through the web interface and you’d like to bring them down, you don’t have to download everything again, but can instead just update.python wp.py update
If you’d like to edit a post, just edit it, and then use wp post to push it back to the blog:python wp.py post changed-file
To create a new post, just create a new file in the draft folder – I like to specify the .title and .wp_slug parameters, as well – and then post it. You can also publish it by changing the .post_status line from draft to publish.
While this program requires git, it doesn’t automatically check anything in – so you’ll need to make sure you do git add / git commit or whatnot as necessary.
There are also some gotchas due to the fact that the filename can change on you. There are cases where the filename that will be brought down is different then the one that you send up:
When you see a message of the form “changed: fn1 -> fn2”, it means that a rename has occurred, and you’ll need to do the git rm/git add or git mv by hand.
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