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NAME
       bti - send a tweet to twitter.com or identi.ca from the
       command line

SYNOPSIS
       bti [--account account] [--password password]
           [--action action] [--user screenname] [--host HOST_NAME]
           [--proxy PROXY:PORT] [--logfile LOGFILE]
           [--config CONFIGFILE] [--replyto ID] [--retweet ID]
           [--page PAGENUMBER] [--bash] [--shrink-urls] [--debug]
           [--dry-run] [--verbose] [--version] [--help]

DESCRIPTION
       bti sends a tweet message to twitter.com or identi.ca.

OPTIONS
       --account account
           Specify the twitter.com or identi.ca account name.

       --password password
           Specify the password of your twitter.com or identi.ca
           account.

       --action action
           Specify the action which you want to perform. Valid
           options are "update" to send a message, "friends" to see
           your friends timeline, "public" to track public timeline,
           "replies" to see replies to your messages and "user" to
           see a specific user's timeline. Default is "update".

       --user screenname
           Specify the user whose messages you want to see when the
           action is "user".

       --host HOST_NAME
           Specify the host which you want to send your message to.
           Valid options are "twitter" to send to twitter.com and
           "identica" to send to identi.ca. If you want to send the
           message to a custom StatusNet installation, you should
           specify the API URI. For example identi.ca's URI is:
           https://identi.ca/api/statuses

           If no host is specified, the default is to send to
           twitter.com.

       --proxy PROXY:PORT
           Specify a http proxy value. This is not a required
           option, and only needed by systems that are behind a http
           proxy.

           If --proxy is not specified but the environment variable
           'http_proxy' is set the latter will be used.

       --logfile LOGFILE
           Specify a logfile for bti to write status messages to.
           LOGFILE is in relation to the user's home directory, not
           an absolute path to a file.

       --config CONFIGFILE
           Specify a config file for bti to read from. By default,
           bti looks in the ~/.bti file for config values. This
           default location can be overridden by setting a specific
           file with this option.

       --replyto ID
           Status ID of a single post to which you want to create a
           threaded reply to.

           For twitter, this is ignored unless the message starts
           with the @name of the owner of the post with the status
           ID.

           For status.net, this can link any two messages into
           context with each other. Status.net will also link a
           message that contains an @name without this without
           regard to context.

       --retweet ID
           Status ID of a single post which you want to retweet.

       --shrink-urls
           Scans the tweet text for valid URL patterns and passes
           each through the supplied bti-shrink-urls script. The
           script will pass the URL to a web service that shrinks
           the URLs, making it more suitable for micro-blogging.

           The following URL shrinking services are available:
           http://2tu.us/ (default) and http://bit.ly / http://j.mp

           See the documentation for bti-shrink-urls for the
           configuration options.

       --debug
           Print a whole bunch of debugging messages to stdout.

       --page PAGENUMBER
           When the action is to retrieve updates, it usually
           retrieves only one page. If this option is used, the page
           number can be specified.

       --dry-run
           Performs all steps that would normally be done for a
           given action, but will not connect to the service to post
           or retrieve data.

       --verbose
           Verbose mode. Print status IDs and timestamps.

       --bash
           Add the working directory and a '$' in the tweet message
           to help specify it is coming from a command line. Don't
           put the working directory and the '$' in the tweet
           message.

           This option implies --background.

       --background
           Do not report back any errors that might have happened
           when sending the message, and send it in the background,
           returning immediately, allowing the user to continue on.

       --version
           Print version number.

       --help
           Print help text.

DESCRIPTION
       bti provides an easy way to send tweet messages direct from
       the command line or any script. It reads the message on
       standard input and uses the account and password settings
       either from the command line options, or from a config file,
       to send the message out.

       Its primary focus is to allow you to log everything that you
       type into a bash shell, in a crazy, "this is what I'm doing
       right now!" type of way, letting the world follow along with
       you constant moving between directories and refreshing your
       email queue to see if there's anything interesting going on.

       To hook bti up to your bash shell, export the following
       variable:

       PROMPT_COMMAND='history 1 | sed -e "s/^\s*[0-9]*\s*//" | bti
       --bash'

       This example assumes that you have the ~/.bti set up with
       your account and password information already in it,
       otherwise you can specify them as an option.

CONFIGURATION
       The account and password can be stored in a configuration
       file in the users home directory in a file named .bti. The
       structure of this file is as follows:

       account
           The twitter.com or identi.ca account name you wish to use
           to send this message with.

       password
           The twitter.com or identi.ca password for the account you
           wish to use to send this message with.

       --action action
           Specify the action which you want to perform. Valid
           options are "update" to send a message, "friends" to see
           your friends timeline, "public" to track public timeline,
           "replies" to see replies to your messages and "user" to
           see a specific user's timeline.

       --user screenname
           Specify the user you want to see his/her messages while
           the action is "user".

       host
           The host you want to use to send the message to. Valid
           options are either "twitter" or "identica" to send to
           twitter.com or identi.ca respectively. If you want to
           send the message to a custom StatusNet installation, you
           should specify the API URI. For example identi.ca's URI
           is: https://identi.ca/api/statuses.

       proxy
           The http proxy needed to send data out to the Internet.

       logfile
           The logfile name for bti to write what happened to. This
           file is relative to the user's home directory. If this
           file is not specified here or on the command line, no
           logging will be written to the disk.

       replyto
           The status ID to which all notices will be linked to.

           There is no sane reason for a need to have this set in a
           config file. One such reason is to have all your messages
           as children to a particular status.

       shrink-urls
           Setting this variable to 'true' or 'yes' will enable the
           URL shrinking feature. This is equivalent to using the
           --shrink-urls option.

       verbose
           Setting this variable to 'true' or 'yes' will enable the
           verbose mode.

       There is an example config file in
       /usr/share/doc/bti/examples/bti.example that shows the
       structure of the file.

       Configuration options have the following priority:

           command line option

           config file option

           environment variables

       For example, command line options always override any config
       file option, or any environment variables. Unless a config
       file is specified by the command line. At that point, the new
       config file is read, and any previous options set by a
       command line option, would be overridden.

AUTHOR
       Written by Greg Kroah-Hartman <greg@kroah.com> and Amir
       Mohammad Saied <amirsaied@gmail.com>.



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