I don't use or actively maintain SlashPluck any more. In fact, I haven't even tested it in quite some time. This page is just here for reference.

Currently I use Sunrise to pluck my content, and a custom XSL stylesheet for Slashdot. Please feel free to use that instead.

SlashPluck is a simple perl script to fetch headlines, articles, and comments from Slashdot and format them in a friendly fashion for Plucker.

Current version is 0.40.1 (14 February 2009). ChangeLog README


NOTE I have only tested this version on GNU/Linux systems. It should work on Windows or OSX, provided the xsltproc binary is in the path.


Unpack the slashpluck-x.xx.tar.gz tarball to a temporary directory. If you wish, open in a text editor and change the value of the $directory variable. This variable specifies where the HTML output from slashpluck will go. By default, the directory is $HOME/.slashpluck. You can also change the article threshold if you wish. The default value is 3.

Create the directory specified by the $directory variable above, and copy the article.xsl file to this directory. For example:

$ mkdir $HOME/.slashpluck
$ cp article.xsl $HOME/.slashpluck

Finally, put the file somewhere on your path.

After running, you should have several HTML files in your .slashpluck directory, ready for plucking. You will probably get several XSLT warnings and/or errors, but you can ignore those. If you wish, you can open the headlines.html file in your browser.


This software is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Older versions may be found here. Please note that the contact info is incorrect in older versions.