sfPropelPlanetPlugin - 0.7.1

This plugin provides (very) simple feed aggregation features to your symfony 1.1 powered application.

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This plugin provides (very) simple feed aggregation features to your symfony 1.1 powered application.

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  This plugin is <strong>not</strong> compatible with symfony 1.0


The plugin and its dependecies can be installed using two methods, SVN or PEAR.

SVN install

You must have an existing symfony project versionned in a subversion repository.

Edit the svn:externals property of the plugins directory of your symfony project and add these lines if they don't exist yet:

sfFeed2Plugin http://svn.symfony-project.com/plugins/sfFeed2Plugin/
sfWebBrowser http://svn.symfony-project.com/plugins/sfWebBrowserPlugin/
sfPropelActAsSluggableBehaviorPlugin http://svn.symfony-project.com/plugins/sfPropelActAsSluggableBehaviorPlugin/
sfPropelPlanetPlugin http://svn.symfony-project.com/plugins/sfPropelPlanetPlugin/trunk

Now edit the svn:externals property of the web directory of your project and type:

sfPropelPlanetPlugin http://svn.symfony-project.com/plugins/sfPropelPlanetPlugin/trunk/web

The later step is required if you want to have some styling using the web modules.

Last but not least, run the svn update command from the root of your project.

PEAR install

Run the following commands within a bash prompt at the root of your symfony project:

$ php symfony plugin-install -s beta sfPropelPlanetPlugin

Dependencies will be installed automatically.

After plugin(s) has been installed

First, you must enable the Propel behaviors, tuning your config/propel.ini file by changing the value of the propel.builder.addBehaviors property value:

propel.builder.addBehaviors = true

Then run the following commands within your project:

$ php symfony cache:clear
$ php symfony propel:build-all-load <appname>

Where <appname> is the name of one of your existing apps.


Planet configuration is mainly done in the app.yml file. A bundled app.yml is provided to help yourself seeing what can be configured.

You can have an overview of what can be configured reading the bundled file.


The plugin is bundled with two dedicated task and web modules.

Tasks can be used with from the command line interface, and you can schedule them using the *nix CRON utility, eg.:

0 5 * * * php /path/to/your/symfony/project/symfony planet:grab-feed

This crontab entry will schedule outdated feeds fetching every morning at 5am.

Web modules provides quick'n'dirty frontend and backend rough web interfaces to display and manage your data.

Using the planet:feed-add task

The planet:feed-add allows you to add and grab a new feed to your planet. Here is a sample call:

$ php symfony planet:feed-add http://feeds.feedburner.com/symfony/blog

Where the provided url is the feed url you want to add to your planet. This command will fetch its entries, and store them in your database.

To get help on available options, just type:

$ php symfony help planet:feed-add

Using the planet:feed-grab task

The planet:grab-entries updates outdated feed entries, I mean the ones which the periodicity value has been exceeded.

To launch the task, just run the following command:

$ php symfony planet:feed-grab

To get help on available options, just type:

$ php symfony help planet:feed-grab

Using bundled web modules

The web modules provides somewhat useful frontend and backend interfaces.

The sfPlanetAdmin web module

The sfPlanetAdmin module provides admin features of your feeds entries. From there you can add, edit, delete and list available feeds in your planet. To enable the module for an application, edit its settings.yml file as following:

    enabled_modules: [sfPlanetAdmin](default,)

Then eventually purge your application cache and browse to /sfPlanetAdmin.

The sfPlanet web module

The sfPlanet module provides list of feed entries as HTML or RSS output. To enable the module for an application, edit its settings.yml file as following:

    enabled_modules: [sfPlanet](default,)

Then purge your application config cache with php symfony cc and browse to /planet/1.html after having added some feeds to your planet.

Pagination is handled automatically, but configurable in the app.yml file.

Note that the plugin provided bundled symfony routes: * sf_planet_home: The home of the planet, listing entries from all active feeds * sf_planet_feed_home: The list of all entries for a given feed, passing its mandatory slug parameter

An RSS feed for the planet is also available. Just point your browser at /planet/1.rss and enjoy. You can even paginate yout planet feed browsing at /planet/2.rss, /planet/3.rss and so on.

By default, if you want to make a link pointing at the HTML home of your planet, just use:

<?php echo link_to('my planet', '@sf_planet_home') ?>

If you want to make a link to a particular feed, just make a link using its slug passed as a parameter:

<?php echo link_to('symfony blog entries', '@sf_planet_feed_home?slug=symfony-blog') ?>

The same goes for RSS feeds, just use the sf_format magic value, like this:

<?php echo link_to('my planet as an RSS feed', '@sf_planet_home?sf_format=rss') ?>

Last but not least, if you want to have your planet feed link added automagically in the <head/> tag of your rendered HTML pages, you can use the bundled sfPlanetFeedLinkFilter filter, adding this entry to the filter.yml file of the app where you enabled the sfPlanet web module (yes, your frontend):

rendering: ~
security:  ~

# insert your own filters here
  class:   sfPlanetFeedLinkFilter

cache:     ~
common:    ~
execution: ~


This plugin is released under the terms of the MIT license.


This plugin has been released by Nicolas Perriault gmail.com> and makes deep use of these other nice plugins: