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Manual Reference Pages  -  CLIVE (1)


clive - A console LiveJournal client


See Also


clive [-u username] [-w password] [-j journal] [-s subject] [-r security] [-f mood] [-i userpic] [-m music] [-l location] [-t taglist]
[-p] [-d] [-backdate YYYYMMDDhhmm] [-replace=itemid] [-charset encoding] [-plainpass-| -hashpass ] [-softreturn]

clive [-loginonly-| -nologin ] clive [-lfgrp-| -laccess -| -lpic -| -lfriends -| -levents [= num]] clive [-addfriend name |-delfriend name]


clive is a console client for the LiveJournal system. It doesn’t offer much in the way of features. It’s strength lies in the ability to pipe the text for an entry into it on stdin, thus allowing it to be used filter-style. It an also lauch your preferred editor to type entries. It allows for users to login and post/read/replace events, and that’s it.


-u username
-user-= username
  Specify the username
-w password
-password-= password
  Specify the password
-j journal
-usejournal-= journal
  Specify the journal to use, if different from the username. You can also use the associated ID number obtainable with -laccess .
-s subject
-subject-= subject
  The subject of the post. This will disable interactive entry of the subject.
-r level
-security-= level
  Clive defaults to public security, unless specified otherwise. This option is how you do that from the command line. See the SECURITY section below for a description of that spec.
-f mood
-mood-= mood
  LiveJournal allows you to display a mood along with your post Use this option to set it. Use quotes if you want to have whitespace in your mood.
-m music
-music-= music
  Describe the music you are listening to while writing this entry. Use quotes if you want to have whitespace in your music title.
-l location
-location-= location
  Describe where you are writing this entry (e.g. the name of your town).
-t tag [,tag, ...]
-taglist tag [,tag, ...]
  Add tags to categorise this entry. Multiple tags must be separated by commas.
-i keyword
-userpic keyword
  Many users have more than one user picture, you can specify which one you would like to use here. You can either use the picture keyword, or the ID as specified by -lpic .
  This will tell LiveJournal that we are sending preformatted text. This is useful if you have a lot of HTML in it.
  This will tell LiveJournal to disable comments on this post.
  Display Clive version details and exit.
-help Display a short usage statement.
-backdate YYYYMMDDhhmm
  Back date the item to year YYYY, month MM, day DD, hour hh, minute mm. This will insert it into your journal at that date, and it will prevent the post from showing on other users’ friends pages.
-replace-= itemid
  Replace an existing entry. The itemid can be obtained by running with -levents first. Note that not just the entire text, but all settings of the post will be overridden, so you should use -backdate to reuse the old date. To delete an existing entry, just leave the event text empty.
-charset-= encoding
  Specify the local character set (e.g. utf-8’, iso8859-2’, koi8-r’). By default, the characterset is automatically detected (from environment variables and system settings). Use this option to override the detected value. This option can be set in the configuration file.
  Clive, by default, uses a challenge-response system to verify your password. If you use this option, it will send your password as plaintext. Use of this option is not recommended.
  Clive, by default, uses a challenge-response system to verify your password. If you use this option, it will send an MD5 hash of your password to the server. Which is faster, but not very secure. Use of this option is not recommended,
  This will collapse multiple lines to a single long line. A new paragraph can still be started with an empty line in the text. In general this will generate pretier output on the website. This option can be set in the configuration file.
  This will display a list of your friends groups with their associated ID numbers.
  This will display a list of the journals you have access to and their associated ID numbers. If you join or leave a community, these numbers will change.
-lpic This will dislpay a list of your userpics and their associated IDs. If you make any changes to your user pictures, the IDs displayed may change.
  This will display a list of your friends and their birthdays (if set).
-addfriend name
  Add a new friend. It is not an error to add an existing friend.
-delfriend name
  Delete a friend. It is not an error to delete an already non-existing friend.
-levents [= num]
  This will display a list of the num most recent journal entries. If no argument is given, it will only show the ID, timestamp and subject of the most recent entry.
  These options control the behavior of clive with respect to logging into the LJ server. Logging in allows you to retrieve any user-specific information such as friend groups. If you wish to just login, use -loginonly . If you don’t want to login at all use -nologin .


  Your personal configuration file, you can set most options in here so that you don’t have to pass them in on the command line.


LiveJournal has a variety of security settings: public, private, and custom. Clive supports all of these through the [-r] or [-security] option. Posts default to public security unless set on the commandline. Here are the different security levels and how to specify them.
  Pass either 1’ or private’ as the argument, and you will be the only person that can view your post.
  Pass either 2’ or friends’ as the argument, and your post will only be viewable by the LiveJournal users you list as friends.
  LiveJournal allows you to specify up to 30 different friend groups, and you can set your post readable by different groups. The way to construct a security spec for a custom setting is to start with a :’ and then put in the name
.Bk (e.g. :closefriends’).
.Ek If you want to use multiple filters, continue separating with colons. To include whitespace, use quotes.
.Bk (e.g. :schoolfriends:2: Default View’)


It’s annoying when you’re editing a posting and realize another subject, or mood description might be more appropriate. It is now possible to set these in the posting itself by adding so called headers. If your posting starts with lines containing special keywords followed by a colon and value, these will be treated as special meta-information instead of the body of your posting. For example currently available headers are:

Subject: An example posting
Mood: happy
Music: EAV - Ding Dong
Taglist: example,first post,test

These headers should be separated from the content of your posting by an empty line.


We understand that it can be annoying to pass in half a dozen command line options every time you want to post to LiveJournal, so we allow you to have a configuration file that specifies all of these. You can specify key value pairs in your .cliverc for any of the command line options that take values. Each pair should go on a line of it’s own. Any whitespace before and after the key or value is ignored. Lines that begin with #’ are also ignored. Each pair should look like this:

    key = value


  The name for the external editor to use. If VISUAL is set, this will be preferred. If neither variable is set, a very lame built-in editor will be used This can be overriden in the configuration file.



Original author:
.An -nosplit
.An Samuel Tesla
Current maintainer:
.An Johan van Selst
Contact email: <>
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