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RSSTAIL(1) User Commands RSSTAIL(1)


rsstail a Console Based RSS news reader


rsstail [OPTIONS]... -u URL


This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

Parse a RSS feed and read it, in an output similar to the tail command.


This is a Few Description on the main options for rsstail

Show timestamp.
Show link
Show Description
Show Publication date
Show author
Show comments
Show guid
Where X is the limit in bytes for description/comments
Continue even if there are XML parser errors in the RSS feed.
Initially show X items
Strip HTML tags
only show items newer than X[s/M/h/d/m/y]
URL of RSS feed to tai
check interval in seconds (default is 15 minutes)
Print in reverse order
proxy server to use (host[:port])
proxy authorization (user:password)
do not exit when an error occurs
be verbose (add more to be more verbose)
Help output
Show version of program.


This manual page was written by Rene Mayorga <> for the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.