I must confess: I’ve almost never used
Google Reader as I’ve only been using
Akregator as far as I remember. I didn’t want to rely on anyone to host my feeds and I guess I needed Google to stop providing Google Reader for free to realize I could just host my own web based reader, like many will probably do from now on.
So here are the requirements:
- Self-hosted web-based open-source application;
- Not written in
Javafor security, performance and sanity reasons;
- KISS/Keep It Simple Stupid: only necessary features, less code means less bugs;
- Keyboard navigation support.
And the winner is Leselys as there is basically no competition once you’ve removed all the
PHP/MySQL based readers.
I’ve imported, fixed and built all dependencies from the
AUR and made a
Leselys (Available in the AUR).
The setup is really easy (using packages from the
siosm-aur repository). So first, let’s create a user and a group, install Leselys, start and enable
Now we can create a basic config file, add a user and test the server:
And here are two
systemd service units:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 [Unit] Description=Leselys web elegant RSS reader - Web server After=syslog.target network.target [Service] Type=simple User=leselys Group=leselys UMask=007 WorkingDirectory=/var/lib/leselys ExecStart=/usr/bin/leselys serve /var/lib/leselys/leselys.ini Restart=on-abort [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 [Unit] Description=Leselys web elegant RSS reader - Feeds update worker After=syslog.target network.target [Service] Type=simple User=leselys Group=leselys UMask=007 WorkingDirectory=/var/lib/leselys ExecStart=/usr/bin/leselys worker /var/lib/leselys/leselys.ini Restart=on-abort [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
nginx configuration extract to make this setup more permanent: