There is a new version of ecto that includes scripting support. This menu allows you to run different types of scripts directly from ecto.
Since I have started doing most of my blog writting directly from ecto, I have not been sending trackback pings for my blog entries. Before this was working because when I created posts directly from pLog's web interface, pings would be sent automatically. I wrote an AppleScript that performs trackback pings directly from ecto.
This script has some interesting features:
- Automatic discovery of the trackback urls
- Generation of the excerpt from Apple's Summarize service
- It remembers posts that have had trackbacks sent before, and won't warn the user
Unfortunately, ecto doesn't support a way from AppleScript to get the permalink of a post, so I wrote the script to ask the user for the permalink.
Also, AppleScript did have the built-in support that I wanted, so I needed to use some other software:
- mgrep - scripting addition that provides grep and regular expression support
- curl - application that does the HTTP communication (installed with fink)
There are a couple of things that I would still like to do with this:
- Work better with ecto to get the permalink directly, instead of asking the user
- Remove dependancy on mgrep and curl
- Add better way to remember the list of post that trackbacks have been posted for. Now when the script is updated, the list is lost.
- When looking for trackback urls, only look at documents that have a mime type of text/html. (This will prevent the script from downloading large binary files.)
Update: Adriaan, the author of ecto, just added support for getting the permalink from the document. Thank you. I have updated the posted script.
Update #2: Here is a link to the text of the script.