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captn3m0 said 3 months ago:

We subscribe the the release feed for our dependencies on Slack, and it makes for great dev-experience. You can use Slack's /feed integration (Built-in) for the same.

Just type /feed subscribe https://github.com/org/repo/releases.atom in the relevant channel.

zomgwat said 3 months ago:

We do the same. We use a #news channel. We also include feeds for Rubygem releases, product blogs, security related mailing lists and so on. It’s a nice way to create a shared view of a dev supply chain.

ronaldsvilcins said 3 months ago:

This is great idea!

Mazzen said 3 months ago:

I'm using this feature mostly to stay informed about new releases. I even convinced repo maintainers to actually create releases for that usecase

Definitely a nice hint to make people aware. Thanks

ronaldsvilcins said 3 months ago:

Yes, me too :)

captn3m0 said 3 months ago:

Shameless plug: If you'd like to subscribe to a lot of these feeds together, I made a OPML generator[0] a long time ago that generates a OPML subscription feed for all of your starred repositories on GitHub.

Generate your feed, and then import it in your RSS Reader.

[0]: https://opml.bb8.fun/

ronaldsvilcins said 3 months ago:

Need to try!

rethab said 3 months ago:

Shameless plug: I developed https://digester.app, which creates weekly or daily digests about your favorite github projects (or RSS/Atom feeds).

prepend said 3 months ago:

Nice looking site and cool of you to make this. I’m wary of giving my email address to more companies. Even free, ethical sounding ones. It would be nice if rather than sending emails, you created consolidated RSS feeds that digested everything.

rethab said 3 months ago:

I already have an RSS-reexport in my backlog. Please get in touch via info@digester.app if you want to be notified when it's ready.

ronaldsvilcins said 3 months ago:

Gonna check this out :)

yjftsjthsd-h said 3 months ago:

So a problem I've hit with this, is that if you subscribe to the RSS feed of releases, it gives you all ...tagged versions, I think? It's not just release releases; you'll get notified for alpha/beta versions and versions that are tagged but not quite yet officially released. This makes it noisy enough to reduce the value quite a lot.

prepend said 3 months ago:

I like this feature and use it quite a bit. I used to use yahoo pipes to mush a bunch of different repos into a single chronological feed to watch all of the projects my teams worked on. I liked that rather than having to click through lots of different feeds.

I’ve been meaning to write something to do that for the many years since yahoo pipes was euthanized.

bhaak said 3 months ago:

Unfortunately, there is no RSS/Atom feed for issues or pull requests.

I made a little Ruby script (https://github.com/bhaak/github-feeds) that outputs static RSS files but you would expect that GitHub would have exported those by themselves.

captn3m0 said 3 months ago:

You can also use RSS-Bridge[1], which covers GitHub Feeds, and lot more sites. My instance[0] has the GitHub bridges enabled, and I subscribe to a few issues on our Slack channels this way.

[1]: https://github.com/RSS-Bridge/rss-bridge [0]: https://rss-bridge.bb8.fun/

I like your static-file approach though. Never thought of pre-generating RSS-feeds that way.

bhaak said 3 months ago:

Yes, it's certainly not a very generic solution but it was my special itch to scratch.

These days, I don't have much patience trying to find a solution for something the content provider should have done by themselves and installing a large program to do it which then might not even scratch my itch exactly like I want it to ... yeah, I rather invest an hour or two and come up with a simple solution of which I at least understand the limitations.

Static files are bliss. They might not be up to date to the millisecond but you will never have a problem pulling them or otherwise your whole service is going down in flames anyway.

If you do need real time updates, you wouldn't use RSS anyway, so this is a very workable compromise.

pcr910303 said 3 months ago:

> I made a little Ruby script (https://github.com/bhaak/github-feeds) that outputs static RSS files but you would expect that GitHub would have exported those by themselves.

Hmm, that looks likes exactly the target use case for GitHub Actions... running the static export script on every issue/PR would work well. My next weekend project seems to be this... :-)

asjo said 3 months ago:

The URL listed for "Repo activities" is identical to the one for "User activity", and seems to actually be for the latter: https://github.com/:user.atom

ronaldsvilcins said 3 months ago:

sorry, my mistake. fixed

BasicObject said 3 months ago:

Literally was searching for these less than 24 hours ago. So weird to see a post about it. Thanks for sharing this.

jmiserez said 3 months ago:

I feed these into IFTTT which turns releases into emails. Works well.

Leace said 3 months ago:

This is nice if you don't have a GitHub account. Otherwise you can watch the repository with "releases only" option and it will send you e-mail notifications.

jmiserez said 3 months ago:

I did not know that option existed, thanks. Of course that is much simpler.