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timogin
on Jan 25, 2013
(4.7 Yrs)

One-Click RSS Step-by-Step Guide

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First, donate to Usenet-Crawler. If you do it now, your status is upgraded to BFF which means a Lifetime Membership. This special offer will not last much longer. In addition, being a Friend of UnC means access to additional tools which help you more conveniently acquire the content you desire. Besides, it is worth it to you and you know it! One last thing to keep in mind, the RSS feeds may not always remain available to general 'users' - So if you want access to remain uninterrupted once you get it set up just the way you like it, DONATE.

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1. Get an RSS compatible NZB newsreader like the open source, community developed, SABnzbd. It is free at www.sabnzbd.org and you can read the helpful manual at http://wiki.sabnzbd.org/

2. Although there are many additional configuration considerations, this is not a SABnzbd How-To, so I will just say, configure SAB to work with your news service provider just like any other newsreader (username, password, news server(s)) and refer to the manual as needed.

3. There are two types of "one-click" RSS feeds offered on UnC. You can either generate an individual feed for each title or you can generate a group feed for multiple titles. For the purposes of this guide, I will only be describing "one-click" RSS feeds for TV. More advanced users will want to take advantage of the information on the RSS Feeds & API pages to help them manually create feeds more precisely customized to their needs.

3(a) Individual Feed: Click on 'TV Series' at the left side of this page. Peruse the titles, select a favorite, and click 'RSS'. (Proceed to #6)

3(b) Group Feed: Click on 'TV Series' at the left side of this page. Peruse the titles and click 'Add' on your favorite titles. These are added to your My Shows list. Select the filter(s) applicable to your show (Foreign, SD, HD, Other, Sport, Anime, Documentary). If you do not want multiple copies of the same title, do not select both SD and HD. (Example: If you do not want 720p or 1080p releases, only select SD, not HD)

5. After adding the shows that interest you, click on 'My Shows' at the top of any TV Series page. Click on 'Rss Feed' near the top of the page.

6. Copy the address at the top of the subsequent page, in the address bar. This address will automatically contain your personal, private API key, so do not share it with anyone.

7. In SAB, click on 'RSS' at the top left of the main page. Paste the address you copied into the field titled, 'Feed'. Name the Feed. Place a check mark next to it and click 'Add'.

That's it! On the feed filters page you can apply restrictions to the feed, if desired. These will help you weed out versions you do not want or specify attributes you do want. Click the "SABnzbd" logo at the top left to return to the main page. IIRC, by default, SAB will read the feed every 15 minutes (the minimum allowed) unless you increase the interval or use the scheduler.

In the filters page of your new RSS feed, you may notice a list of backlogged shows which appear queued for download. While SAB provides no direct way to remove these titles from the queue, except by employing filtering -which is often too restrictive to be of much help, it supposedly will not download the backlog unless you manually click Download next to a title. However, this has not always been my experience. Occasionally, a number of these titles may start to download. Once they do, you can cancel them, but you may often find you are not around when this anomaly occurs.

Lastly, if you would like to be able to implement the My Cart feature, simply add the feed found on the RSS Feeds page in the Available Feeds section, under General, titled 'My Carts Feed'. Paste it into SAB as described previously. Be sure to precede it with http://lynchburgkickboxing.com or http://lynchburgkickboxing.com. Note: You may need Friend or BFF status to utilize this feature.

Good luck.
illgame
on Jan 26, 2013
(4.7 Yrs)
Thanks
megamark
on Jan 26, 2013
(4.7 Yrs)
cheers,working successfully :)
timogin
on Jan 26, 2013
(4.7 Yrs)
Please post any questions or difficulties you may experience while attempting to follow this guide to this thread/topic.

@illgame & megamark

It's good to know you found it helpful.

Cheers.
timogin
on Feb 2, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
@megamark Re your question about movies & RSS

First, let me say, you would be better off using Couch Potato/SAB for movies. (http://couchpota.to/)

To answer your question... I suggest you go to the RSS Page and select the the movie feed you want, under Available Feeds => Sub Category, choose either HD or SD. When using copy/paste, be sure to precede the feed you choose with http://lynchburgkickboxing.com or http://lynchburgkickboxing.com.

Input the feed into SAB & name it. Once you are in the feed filter page (if the feed is input correctly) you should see the latest 100 available movies. To get any of these, simply click on Download.

To automate this a little...

One method is to change the default "Accept *" to "Reject *" & save it. Now the listed movies can be found under the Not Matched heading. Now create reject filters for things you don't want like, CAM, R5 TS, Screener, 720P, 1080P, etc. Each addition should be placed at Order 0 to ensure it gets applied.

Now you need to do a little research. Go to one of the websites which report on upcoming releases (DVD, Blu and Scene releases) and then create an Accept filter for each of the titles which interest you. Note: Always input your movie title additions after your reject filters but before the Reject All filter *. This will ensure they are appropriately filtered. To do this, always select the Order number currently used by the reject All filter * and save.

You can always take a peek in the Not Matched pile to see if anything slipped by that you want.
Once you acquire an acceptable copy of a movie you created a filter for, come back and delete the filter.

Don't forget to verify you placed a check in the box that enables the feed.

This is not a very pretty way of ensuring you get what you want, but it will get the job done. Unfortunately, it is very likely you may download multiple releases unless you provide the title & scene. For both TV and Movies, Sick Beard and Couch Potato are better solutions and I definitely recommend you look into them.

BTW, it would be good for UsenetCrawler if everyone either reduced the RSS search frequency from every 15 minutes to perhaps every 60 minutes, or better yet, use the SAB scheduler to limit the queries to 1 hour during off peak times, then ramp up the queries back to every 15 minutes during the peak TV show listing hours. Do not use the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions as then everyone will hammer UNC at the same times.

If editing forum posts were possible, I would revise the Guide to reflect this last suggestion and clean up my typos and other errors - Where is step 4? Doh! ;-)
megamark
on Feb 2, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
thanks for your time with this,i will have a play with it and see how i go ...cheers
timogin
on Feb 2, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
To everyone, keep all RSS related questions in this thread.

This both ensures this thread remains near the top of the forums list which helps to increase its accessibility to those with questions, it also keeps the relevant Q&A in one location.
megamark
on Feb 3, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
Hi timogin, i have gone the couch potato option, what a great little program, happy days
cheers
mike61dk
on Feb 6, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
When I click on "My Cart" I have 1 file in there.

But when I click on "My cart feed" there's just an empty list (xml feed).

How come?
funkioto
on Feb 6, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
Hi guys,
Can I create an RSS search with my favorite refinement?
Say I like NHL but I only want the Chicago games, can I append a search term to the URL like: NHL+chicago ?
thanks
timogin
on Feb 6, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
@mike61dk
Has you 'my cart' ever worked? If not, perhaps your feed is incorrect... It should look like this...
http://lynchburgkickboxing.com/rss?t=-2&dl=1&i=YOUR ID&r=xxxxYOURxAPI/RSSxKEYxGOESxHERExxx&del=1


@funkioto
Why can't filters do the job? For instance, if you are using SAB just change the default "*" Accept All filter to Reject All, then add an Accept "Chicago" filter numbered 0. This should work if the word Chicago is always used in the release name... if not, use whatever word is, like Blackhawks for example. Or better yet, add both just in case.
Just remember, when using the * filter to Reject All, you must always number all other filters lower (before) the * filter.
funkioto
on Feb 7, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
Thanks timogin
OptimusPrime - admin
on Feb 10, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
This thread is now sticky, thanks timogin.
skunkworx
on Feb 12, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
I agree with @mike61dk I have trouble with the 'my cart' rss feed. Sometimes it shows the nzb's that you have added to it and other time it just shows a blank list.

I have sabnzbd configured to look at the feed so it is easy for me to remotely add new things to download. This works most of the time. However sometimes things I've added show up on the web page but then refuse to then show up in the RSS. I have to then delete everything from the cart and then start again some time later.

Do you have any suggestions how I might set-up the my cart RSS feed and SAB so that I can choose a category that it will be downloaded to in SAB. I have TV, movies, comics, music and games categories. But at the moment all my cart downloads are going into the default section in SAB and therefore not using the correct post-download script. At the moment I have to go into SAB and change the category manually but that negates the ability to do it remotely.
timogin
on Feb 12, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
Using My Cart does have limitations. The inability to automatically utilize SAB's Categories is an example of one of the limitations. But SAB does allow you to write your own pre and post-processing scripts to handle the various file types and keywords. If you come up with a solution this way, share your scripts here so others may benefit from your efforts. They may have to do a little customizing/editing to the scripts but that is to be expected.

See http://wiki.sabnzbd.org/user-scripts .

I have been unable to replicate the experience you describe with My Cart. Everything I place in the Cart eventually gets processed. On the occasions you've noticed some unprocessed items, did you go into SAB's RSS page and click 'Read' on your Cart feed to try to force the process?

The feed is read at a timed interval, the minimum is every 15 minutes, longer if you use the SAB scheduler. Perhaps you are expecting it to happen quicker than the minimum. For instance, If I spend some minutes loading stuff into My Cart, when I go check the My Cart page, I may only see a fraction of the titles I just placed in the Cart because while I was adding items, SAB processed some of them... and won't be checking back until the minimum or scheduled interval is over.

It should be possible to go to the SAB RSS page and click on 'read' to force the issue, which would mean you'd see the contents of your My Cart show up in the feed's Downloadable list. But you may also be violating the 15 minute interval rule... don't make a habit of it or you may find your RSS privileges suspended or revoked.
I'm not sure how forcing the read might affect the automatic download of those titles, you may want to click 'download' on each of them to get them started.

Then again, perhaps requests sooner than the 15 minute minimum are ignored, and that is what you are experiencing. I don't think it works this way, but these are the only explanations I can come up with to explain your experiences.

If you do force the issue and the titles do show up, and if you've left your browser open to your My Cart page, you must refresh/reload the page if you wish to verify the titles have been removed.
skunkworx
on Feb 12, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
The ability to add a category id filter to the rss feed would mean that I could setup a request for each category but I dont think the rss feed is capable of doing that at moment.

As for the items not showing up in the rss I have tried what you suggested previously but it didnt matter. I have also tried reading the rss directly from the browser but I just get thr rss header info without any items. I have items selected at the moment that are not showing up in the feed. How would I know if I have had my rss restricted.
timogin
on Feb 13, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
@ skunkworx
---"The ability to add a category id filter to the rss feed would mean that I could setup a request for each category but I dont think the rss feed is capable of doing that at moment."---

The RSS feed... no, but SAB w/user User-Scripts, I think so.

---"How would I know if I have had my rss restricted."

I doubt you have, that's not what I meant to imply.

Let me see if I have this straight... you are saying you can add items to your cart and then after some time passes, when you re-visit the My Cart page (refresh/re-load the page) you see that some titles have been removed while others remain... and even after you continue to leave them in there (15min or more depending on your setup) the items are never processed, which you have confirmed by both refreshing/re-loading My Cart and by going into SAB and confirming the files have not been processed and are not visible in the feed queue when you force a 'read'? Is this correct?

If the above is accurate... how about you provide 3 titles which fail to be processed through your My Cart so others can give them a try. Provide links and/or definitive descriptions so the exact same titles are tried. I ask for 3 titles so that if present, we might detect some similarity that may provide clues as to why they've failed
skunkworx
on Feb 13, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
I have managed to sort out my first issue of filtering the rss feed into categories. This is achieved by using the "Groups / Indexer tags" column in sabnzbd's categories configuration. You need to enter the name of the category as it is on the site but you can use * as a wild card to get everything that is in a master category. i.e I have "TV*" for my tv section, "Movies*" for movies, "Console*,PC*" for games, "Books*" for books and Audio* for my music section.

@timogin
Yes you have it just about right I have also checked the RSS feed directly in my browser and the items defiantly are not in the feed.
I haven't got any further working out what is happening to the items that don't get populated into the RSS feed. But I will look into it a bit more tomorrow and see if I can spot a pattern. If not I will take you up on your suggestion and post some links and see if others can get them working in the cart.
oddbin
on Feb 14, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
works for me thanx
timogin
on Feb 15, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
@ skunkworx

Thanks for sharing your method of resolution. No doubt it will help others with similar setups.
Let's hope you have no further problems with the My Cart process.

@oddbin Glad to hear it, thanks for the confirmation. Can you keep an eye on this thread for a little while? Your continued input may be useful if skunkworx finds an occasion to post some failed My Cart titles.
skunkworx
on Feb 17, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
I can't understand why my cart seems to play up. Most items I add are then downloaded without problem but some just don't seem to come down to the RSS feed. As an example I added 3 movies yesterday. Westworld, primal fear and stitches. The first two got added to the RSS without problem and removed from the mycart webpage. However stitches didn't appear in the RSS and is still in the mycart page. The link to stitches is http://lynchburgkickboxing.com/details/18ce27632a0b11062612a1d2594a404f/Stitches.2012.BRRip.x264.AAC-OFFLiNE
timogin
on Feb 17, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
That title is passworded. Can't say for sure with only one example to go on, but perhaps that has something to do with it. Some POS left a comment asking that .80 cent donations be made to his PP account in exchange for the password. His comment which included his PP email has been removed.
skunkworx
on Feb 17, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
I hadn't actually noticed that it was pasworded as I was only testing different coegories etc so had just selected a few different things. I will watch out for that next time it happens and see if it has any relationship.
crandica
on Feb 27, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
@timogin, thanks, i set up sabnzbd, the only issue i have now is i can seem to find the feed filters tab as i just want to turn off the no english nzbs, am i doing something wrong?
timogin
on Feb 27, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
Are you asking where to find the filters for RSS feeds in SAB? If so, just click RSS at the top left of the SAB home screen; it resides between the Status and Config buttons. Then just click on any feed name to see it's filters screen. You shouldn't find a need to apply any language filters on the My Shows feed, but perhaps you are interested in filtering other feeds... Simply add the languages you want to reject like, German, French (most common), Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, and Danish. You want to be sure all the Rejection filters are the lowest numbered filters, sequentially: 0, 1, 2, 3, etc.
Lyrrad
on Feb 28, 2013
(4.6 Yrs)
Very simple explanation that has got me understanding RSS/SaB for the first time.


Thanks
timogin
on Mar 5, 2013
(4.5 Yrs)
I'm glad to hear it, Lyrrad. You are welcome- and thanks for taking the time to express its usefulness to you.
Ronj
on Mar 17, 2013
(4.5 Yrs)
I have a movie how do I add tyhe nzb file or put it up?
timogin
on Mar 18, 2013
(4.5 Yrs)
Good question... I've never used it so I have no idea... just tried though, and it certainly doesn't work like it describes when you click on My Movies. I assume you are meant to use the RSS feed for My Movies. To understand how to do that, see the last paragraph of the RSS Basic guide at the top of this thread. Then, instead of inputting the My Cart string, use the My Movies string (found in the same location).
Next, I suppose ideally you would just add the movies found using the My Movies search... but it doesn't work. One of two things happens... searching by title or IMDB ID returns nothing (which means you can't add the title for acquiring in the future) or it does show up and adding the movie to the My Movies watch/wish list is not an option. Thus far, I've discovered no way to add a movie to any list but My Cart.
If no one posts a response to this issue, I suggest you report it.
timogin
on Mar 18, 2013
(4.5 Yrs)
I still see no way to add movies to the My Movies wish list, but apparently there is a way because it is referenced in the "My Movies" thread in this forum. If you are able to add the movies, then just do as I've described in my previous reply and also in the RSS Basic Guide.

Cheers
Ronj
on Jul 5, 2013
(4.2 Yrs)
croods I have anzb file now how do I put it up
timogin
on Jul 14, 2013
(4.2 Yrs)
Chances are you've already figured out whatever it is you were asking about here, and unfortunately, I don't really understand the question. What does "put it up" mean? Post it for other members? Use it to start your download? Add it to your My Movies? I'm not sure which you mean, but I'll try to briefly answer anyway.

First, you can no upload it for other members.

Second, if really don't know what to do with an NZB, you should take some time to read about it. I'll just say, an NZB when used in conjunction with a downloading client like SABnzbd allows that software to locate content on Usenet. An NZB is basically a map or a link to content on Usenet.

So, the three things you need to use an NZB are, an NZB, a SABnzbd like downloading software, and access to Usenet.

Third, the My Movies is primarily there to watch for FUTURE releases. If there are already releases available, you can not add them to your Movie watch list, afaik. Also, be aware, if you want to use an IMDB.com ID to add a movie, remove the "tt" and just use the number.

That's all I have for you. Sorry if I wasn't very much help.

I doubt I will be posting in this forum very much anymore, as other interests are taking up most of my time these days.
womo
on Aug 21, 2013
(4.1 Yrs)
You can't query for a season in your TV RSS Feed(s), but I inserted the 'airdate=' parameter into the RSS url and it gives me only shows aired in the past x days, filtering out all the reposts of old shows, which is what I really wanted anyway.

This is even better than specifying a season, which would be different for every show and so wouldn't work with grouped RSS feeds. And for individual feeds a season parameter would have to be manually changed every year for every show.
womo
on Aug 21, 2013
(4.1 Yrs)
...assuming your goal is get the most current season.
womo
on Aug 21, 2013
(4.1 Yrs)
What's really needed for users wanting most recent season is (first for RSS to take a season parameter) and then reserve a value (say -1) to mean most recent.
Sluppermand
on Jan 5, 2014
(3.7 Yrs)
I have added the url for 'my shows' to an rss feed in SABNZBD. Now I can just keep on adding shows to my shows, and I don't have to touch anything in SABNZBD, right? I don't have to update it everytime I add a new show, do I?
Thank you in advance. And thx for this info, it's truly amazing, downloading series becomes so much easyer with this. :D
womo
on Jan 22, 2014
(3.7 Yrs)
That's correct Slupper
doomkrad
on Jan 22, 2014
(3.7 Yrs)
Hi everybody.

I registered with usenet-crawler earlier today.
I already installed SABnzbd, but I'm stuck at 'SABnzbd Quick-Start Wizard » Step One": I'm not sure I'm entering the information (host, port number, number of connections etc.).

Can anyone please help me set up SABnzbd correctly?

Many thanks in advance.
charliem1
on Jan 24, 2014
(3.7 Yrs)
Same.....I dont know the port. Im a BFF. Keeps telling me connection refused on every port i try
masalawalla
on Jan 4, 2015
(2.7 Yrs)
I use port 119. I'm just trying to figure out how I filter the series so it only downloads the one version I want rather than all.
Stereoluna
on May 29, 2015
(2.3 Yrs)
I have the issue with my cart, I have 5 movies in there, but when I go to Rss in sab and read feeds, it finds nothing.

Copy/pasted url from rss page, and tripple checked, it still doesn't work.
If I change it from -2 to 0 from cart to full site, it works fine, downloading a shitload of things.

Any suggestions?
activoice
on May 31, 2015
(2.3 Yrs)
When you add stuff to your cart then you enter the URL of the RSS feed into your browser do you see the names of the items you added to your cart on the page of text that is displayed?

At least this would prove that the RSS feed contains the files that you added to your cart.

If that works... Then in Sab when you click on the RSS link at the top left, then click on the read button for that feed, is it blank? Or does it also show the items you added to the cart? Because if they show up there then they should definitely download.

I've personally never seen this problem, I always use the cart. I have use the My Shows feed and the My Cart feed, and I have the interval set to 20 minutes
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