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Get Google Reader unread count

Terminal - Get Google Reader unread count
curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$auth" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr '{' '\n' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep -E ^[0-9]+$ | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc
2010-02-11 00:42:57
User: matthewbauer
Functions: grep sed tr
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Get Google Reader unread count

Get Google Reader unread count from the command line.

You'll have to define your auth token with $auth

Or use:

curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$(curl -sd "Email=$email&Passwd=$password&service=reader" https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin | grep Auth | sed 's/Auth=\(.*\)/\1/')" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr '{' '\n' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep -E ^[0-9]+$ | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc

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I had to make a couple of modifications - maybe the way the feed is formatted now is a little different? Great commands though - thanks very much!

curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$auth" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr -d '\n' | tr '{' '\n' | grep 'id.:.feed/' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep "^[0-9]*$" | grep -v "^$" | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc
Comment by hannahbrian 264 weeks ago

I can't seem to get this to work, I'm new to terminal and am not sure where to enter my credentials. Please advise. Thank you!

Comment by vpaterno 262 weeks and 2 days ago

I guess you can just do:

get-unread-count(){ curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$(curl -sd "Email=$1&Passwd=$2&service=reader" https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin | grep Auth | sed 's/Auth=\(.*\)/\1/')" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr '{' '\n' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep -E ^[0-9]+$ | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc; }

And then running:

get-unread-count username password
Comment by matthewbauer 262 weeks and 1 day ago

For whatever reason I'm getting a:

(standard_in) 1: parse error

I figured it might be a parenthesis missing but still no avail. Thank you!

Comment by vpaterno 262 weeks and 1 day ago

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