A poor Man's Comment Section

Posted on April 11, 2019

In my previous blogpost I mentioned that I hacked together a small script stitching my blog and the fediverse together. Now I’ll go a little more into details.
You can find a copy of my script here.

Hakyll, in the default configuration, has a posts-folder containing blogposts as markdown, having the publishing-date set in their filename. I usually keep unfinished blogposts as .md-files in my drafts folder, without having the timestamp in the filename yet. It’s still quite hacky, but it works for now and I don’t have the freetime right now to build a better fediverse-integration.

Dependencies

There are only two external programs used:

  • curl
  • jq

Configuring the script

In the beginning, I have to setup some parameters. I use pass as my passwordmanager to store the password to my blog’s fediverse-account. Since my domains and stuff are no secret I’ll just use them as an example here.

Running it

The script takes one commandline-parameter, the path to the draft to stitch and publish. When executed it basically does the following things:

  • Copy the draft to the posts-folder, setting the date in the filename.
  • Send a POST-request posting a new Status on your fediverse-account.
  • Parse the response and extract the url of the new status.
  • Append a Discuss-link at the end of the post pointing to the status in the fediverse.

Afterwards, you just havt to run the usual

Considerations

It would be cool to integrate this functionality directly into Hakyll. Eventually this comes on my list with things to code on the next CCC-Event which would be the GPN19 in Karlsruhe for me this year.

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