[thelist] getting RSS feeds via PHP

Dan Williams dan at ithium.net
Sat Sep 20 15:49:53 CDT 2003

...but that assumes that his host has not disabled all sockets, which
seems likely. After all, why disable fsockopen() and allow other


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[mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Burhan Khalid
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Subject: Re: [thelist] getting RSS feeds via PHP

Mark Lee wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to write some php to get, parse, and display RSS feeds.  
> Not
> a monumental task, I thought.
> It seems, however, that my web host has fopen(), fsockopen(), and 
> similar functions disabled.  I tried to be  clever and override this 
> setting with:
> ini_set ( 'allow_url_fopen', '1') or die('oh dang!');
> but of course that'd be too easy. Does anyone have any experience with
> alternate solutions? Is there any way to access remote files without 
> fopen()? Is this a common function for hosting providers to disable?

There is Snoopy (which is a browser emulator class) 

There are a few classes in PEAR that do what you are after.  I believe 
there is a RSS parser class in PEAR already.

cURL might be another option.

Burhan Khalid

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