Managing a tumblr posts-queue locally with #Tags

A year ago, I posted a quite confused/ing article regarding a script useful to post a picture per day on a Tumblr. This article went outdated fast enough since Tumblr changed their (poorly documented) API.

David Moreno “Damog”, author of WWW::Tumblr, updated his trunk so it properly supports the new API. So here’s my updated version of my post-image-to-tumblr script.

To use it, you first need to do some black magic with this init-auth script. Update August 12th, this is fixed and no longer necessary: And when it’s done, it’s still not ready, because so far I’m not able to use the data[0] field as described in the API doc (hints welcome). So there is need to add some config snippet to be able to first upload the relevant image to a third party server with scp and then use the source field (URI) instead of the fakakte data field.

The configuration ~/.tumblrrc should look as:

base_url =

consumer_key = alongstringalongstringalongstringalongstring
consumer_secret = alongstringalongstringalongstringalongstring
token = alongstringalongstringalongstringalongstring
token_secret = alongstringalongstringalongstringalongstring

# would be necessary only if getting error 400 when posting
#workaround_login = user@server
#workaround_dir = /var/www/tempdir
#workaround_url = http://server/tempdir

The script expects you to have a git repository ~/tmp/tumblr containing two subdirectories: queue and over, queue containing your image queue. You can override this path with the parameter content=

If an image have metadata with a Description field (XMP) containing a comma separated list of #Tags, #Another Tag, it will be posted with Tumblr tags (ignoring strings not starting with #).

In my case, as shorcut, I added a Makefile in ~/tmp/tumblr that contains:

SHELL := /bin/bash 

	git pull
	git add over queue
	-git commit -am "Updated by a bunch of anonymous unanimous hamsters"
	git push
	make count

	@in_queue=`ls -1 queue/ | wc -l` && echo "$$in_queue file(s) in the queue total,"
	@in_queue=`ls -1 queue/ | wc -l` && in_queue=`echo $$in_queue - 5 | bc` && echo "so $$in_queue file(s) that can actually be posted,"
	@in_queue=`ls -1 queue/ | wc -l` && in_queue=`echo $$in_queue - 5 | bc` && if [ $$in_queue -gt 0 ]; then echo "enough until: "`date --date "$$in_queue days"`; else echo "not enough at all."; fi
	@cd queue && limit="9M" && if ((`find  . -size +$$limit | wc -l` > 0)); then echo "" && echo `find  . -size +$$limit | wc -l`" file(s) of size > $$limit :" && find  . -size +$$limit ; fi 

	@cd queue && limit="1M" && echo `find  . -size +$$limit -name "*.gif"| wc -l`" file(s) with size > $$limit :" && find  . -size +$$limit  -name "*.gif" && find  . -size +$$limit -name "*.gif" -print0 | xargs -0 -I file convert file file.miff
	@cd queue && for i in *.miff; do newsize="100000" && for run in `seq 1 25`; do if [ ! -e "$$i.gif" ] || [ `stat -c %s "$$i.gif"` -gt 1000000 ]; then echo "$$i.gif too big (`stat -c %s $$i.gif`, run $$run, newsize $$newsize)" && convert -colors 128 +dither -layers optimize  -resize $$newsize@ $$i $$i.gif && newsize=`expr $$newsize - 4500` ;  fi ; done ;  done
	@cd queue && for i in *.miff; do newsize="100000" && if [ ! -e "$$i.gif" ] || [ `stat -c %s "$$i.gif"` -le 1000000 ]; then echo "$$i.gif is fine, removing the miff" && rm -f $$i; fi; done
	cd queue && for i in *; do let cut_start=$${#i}-19 cut_end=$${#i}-4 && if (($$cut_start < 1)); then cut_start=1; fi && mv $$i `mktemp --dry-run --tmpdir=. -t XXXXXXX`-`basename $$i $${i%%.*} | cut -c $$cut_start-$$cut_end`.`echo $${i##*.} | tr A-Z a-z`; done 

 	cd queue && count=0 && for i in *; do count=`expr $$count + 1` && case $$count in [0-5]) prefix=A;; [6-9]) prefix=C;; 1[0-5]) prefix=E;; 1[5-9]) prefix=G;; 2[0-9]) prefix=I;; 3[0-9]) prefix=K;; 4[0-9]) prefix=M;; 5[0-9]) prefix=O;; *) prefix=Q;; esac && mv $$i $$prefix`echo $$i | tr A-Z a-z`; done

 	git log --stat -n100 --pretty=format:"%s of %ad" > ChangeLog

For the record, last year I posted an RFP, if you are a DD, I could probably offer you a beer to work on it. 🙂