a command-line based blogging platform running on tilde.town
ttbp stands for "tilde.town blogging platform", the original working name for
ttbp runs from the command line, providing a hub for writing personal blog
posts and reading posts written by other users of tilde.town. it's a little bit
like livejournal or dreamwidth or tumblr. you can opt to publish your posts to a
public html file hosted on your tilde page, to tilde.town's gopher server, or
keep all your entries private to the tilde.town server.
to use, run
feels while logged in to tilde.town
this is a project that runs on tilde.town, so all users of this program are expected to operate under the tilde.town code of conduct. content/personal issues should be worked out according to the CoC, with support from the administrative team if needed.
no coding or html experience is necessary to get started. just log in to your tilde.town account and enter:
ttbp will ask you a few questions to get you started. after that, writing and reading entries all happen within the program.
if you're having trouble getting started, or run into program errors or strange behavior, please send internal tilde.town mail to ~endorphant and i'll try to sort things out!
there's also a function from the main menu that lets you send feedback/inquiries to me directly; this uses internal tilde.town mail, which is what i'll respond to.
entries are recorded as plaintext files in your
ttbp will use your selected editor to open and write files; each day is its
own entry, like a diary page. at midnight for whatever timezone you've set for
your user account on tilde.town, you'll get a fresh entry. if you don't write
any feels on a particular day, no entries will show up there.
when you save and quit the text editor, your entry will automatically propagate
to the global feels list; if you've opted to publish your feels to html/gopher,
those files will update immediately. you can always go back to the current day's
entry and edit/add as you'd like, but older entries will not be available for
(since files are just stored as plaintext in your directory, it's possible to edit and move old entries directly from the command line. however, changing old entries might cause strange things to happen with timestamps. the main program looks at the filename first for setting the date, then the last modified time to sort recent posts. it expects YYYMMDD.txt as the filename; anything else won't show up as a valid entry. yes, this means you can post things out of date order by creating files with any date you want.)
general entry-writing notes
- you can use markdown
- you can use html
- you can also put things between
<!-- comments -->to have them show up in the feed but not render in a browser (but people can still read them with view-source)
reading other feels
browse global feels feature shows the ten most recent entries that anyone
has written on ttbp. this list is only accessible from within tilde.town,
although individual entries may be posted to html or gopher.
you can also pull up a list of a single user's feels through
check out your neighbors, which displays all users who are writing on
ttbp based on their
most recently updated entry, and a link to their public html blog if they've
opted to publish their posts.
please note! entries written on
ttbp should be considered sensitive,
private information, even if a particular user is publishing entries in a
world-viewable way! please be respectful about having access to other people's
feels, and do not copy/repeat any information without getting their explicit
permission. tilde.town operates on a high level of mutual trust, and
designed to give individuals control over their content.
when you start your ttbp, you have the option of publishing or not publishing your blog.
if you opt to not publish, your entires will never be accessible from outside of
the tilde.town network; other tilde.town users will still be able to read your
entries through the ttbp interface, or by directly accessing your
if you want to further protect your entries, you can
chmod 700 your entries
if you opt to publish, the program creates a directory
~/.ttbp/www where it
stores all html files it generates, and symlinks this from your
with your chosen blog directory. your blog will also be listed on the main ttbp
you can also opt to publish to gopher, and the program will automatically generate a gophermap of your feels.
you can set publishing status on individual entries, or bury individual feels; see "data management" below for details.
manage your feels menu provides several tools for organizing your feels.
these are all actions you can perform manually from the command line, but doing
them from within the program can help keep your files properly linked up.
- read over feels--a list of all your entries, which you can open and read like any other feel
- modify feels publishing--this lets you toggle privacy on individual
posts. entries marked
(nopub)will not get written to html or gopher, and toggling them from this menu will immediately publish or unpublish that entry (if you're not publishing your posts at all, these settings won't matter, since your feels will never show up outside of tilde.town)
- backup your feels--makes a .tar.gz of all your entries, saving one
~/.ttbp/backups/with the current date, and a second copy to your home directory for safekeeping.
- import a feels backup--unpacks a backup file into your current feels
list. this tool checks the
~/.ttbp/backupsdirectory for archives, and expects a file created by the above backup utility. if it detects any file collisions, it will preserve your current live copy and leave the backup verison in a temp directory, and notify you that this happened. also, any entries that were previously marked as
(nopub)will retain their nopub status.
- bury some feels--hides individual feels from viewing; entries are
~/.ttbp/buried(and marked with a unique timestamp to prevent file collision) with permissions set to 600, meaning no one except you will be able to open that file. these entries are also hidden from your own view from
read over feels, and you'll have to open the files from the command line if you want to see them. this is intended to be a permament action, so you'll be asked to type the entry date once to load the feel, then shown a preview of that feel, and then type the date again to confirm burying.
- delete feels by day--permanently removes individual entries, including deleting published html/gopher files if needed. this action is not recoverable, unless you have a backup to restore; you'll be asked to type the entry date once to load the feel, then shown a preview of that feel, and then type the date again to confirm deletion.
- purge all feels--permanently removes all feels, including deleting all published html/gopher files if needed. this action is not recoverable, unless you have a backup to restore. you'll be asked to type a one-time-use purge code to confirm this action.
- wipe feels account--permanently removes all data associated with
feels, including deleting any published hmtl/gopher files and removing
~/.ttbpdirectory. any backups that you have in
~/.ttbp/backupswill also be deleted with this action (which is why the backup function makes a second copy for safekeeping in your home directory). you will no longer show up in any lists as a user.
the settings menu lets you change specific options for handling your feels and using the interface.
- editor--set your text editor
- gopher--opt in or out of automatically posting to gopher
- post as nopub--set whether posts default to being published or not published (if you're not publishing your feels, this doesn't matter)
- publish dir--set the directory under you
public_htmlwhere feels will be published (if you're not publishing your feels, this defaults to
- publishing--opt in or out of automatically publishing entries to a world-readable html page
- rainbows--opt in or out of having multicolored menu text
changing your page layout
you can modify how your blog looks by editing the stylesheet or header and footer files. the program sets you up with basic default. if you break your page somehow, you can force the program to regenerate your configuration by deleting your ~/.ttbp directory entirely. you might want to back up your ~/.ttbp/entries directory before you do this.
- to modify your stylesheet, edit your ~/.ttbp/config/style.css
- to modify the page header, edit your ~/.ttbp/config/header.txt
- there's a place marked off in the default header where you can safely put custom HTML elements!
- to modify the page footer, edit your ~/.ttbp/config/footer.txt
- if the date looks like it's ahead or behind, it's because you haven't set your local timezone yet. here are some timezone setting instructions
- the feels burying tool will effectively clear your post for the day; you can use this feature to start a fresh entry on a particular day by burying the current day's feels and then editing a new file
these are a few ideas being kicked around, or under active development:
- stylesheet/theme selector
- better entry display within ttbp (currently just offloads to
- buried feels browser
(this section is only relevant if you plan on forking the repo and running an instance of this yourself)
please check out my contributor guidelines on github if you'd like to get involved with development!
if you find any bugs or strange behavior, please message me locally on tildemail or open a github issue and i'll get back to you as soon as i can.
if you're interested in helping with the code, please drop me some tildemail!
i accept tips for development work on liberapay
- ~vilmibm, packaging help and gopher support
- ~sanqui, the bug swatter
- ~sinacutie, for css updates