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Bird Feeder and WordPress

Posted on Feb 24, '07 at 01:24 am

I had the same problem when I activated Bird Feeder for the first time. At the time, I was more concerned about trying the plugin again without Seed functionality, so I didn’t pay much notice to it. Unfortunately, activating Bird Feeder a second time resulted in the disappearance of the User Agent 007 pane. After a brief search through the forums, I found Shaun’s rebuild-panes script which restored User Agent 007 along with the missing “Readers” tab.

You’re not exactly in the same situation as I was, but you may want to try the script just to see if it fixes the problem, and please make a backup of your Mint database before using the script.

I found that I had to uncheck the setting in Preferences, click Done, go back to Preferences, toggle the setting again, and then the Readers tab showed up again.

Any progress on this? Whether I install the wp-plugin or directly edit the feed files, my feeds stop working.

Posted on Mar 10, '07 at 04:04 pm

I upgraded to WordPress 2.1.2 I’d never bothered to upgrade to 2.1.1, then I upgraded Mint and all it’s plugins. My blog is working as well as it was before 2.1.2 but I still think it worked better in 2.0….

I installed the WordPress BirdFeeder plugin but still have zero data being collected in Mint. I tried subscribing to my own blog even and that didn’t go so well.

I clicked the feed icon in the address box in Opera and it didn’t seem to do much so I scrolled down to the bottom and tried to subscribe in my footer, this launched Safari but also didn’t work. I have no idea why Safari launches sometimes when I subscribe to a feed in Opera, but not other times…

I pruned a lot of WordPress Plugins a few weeks back prior to Web Directions North, I don’t have any that modify my feeds prior to the BirdFeeder Plugin, I don’t even use FeedBurner.

Any ideas my blog url is: blog.muschamp.ca

I’ve never had BirdFeeder working, all my other Mint and WordPress plugins initially seem fine.

Posted on Mar 19, '07 at 04:27 pm

I think I’m having the same problem as Muskie, or something related.

I didn’t use the WordPress Bird Feed plugin, but I did add the proper PHP code block to the top of the feed files. This worked perfectly under WordPress 2.0.9.

I just upgraded to WordPress 2.1.2, and no matter where I put the PHP code block, the feeds appear blank and are not valid. They function properly when the PHP code block is removed.

Posted on Mar 29, '07 at 11:32 am

As annoying as it is being another “me too” poster, I’m having the same issue as Muskie and MacManX. I just upgraded to WP 2.1.2 and when the BirdFeeder pepper is installed my feeds are broken.

More specifically, I’ve found that the feeds work as long as the $wpdb->select(DB_NAME) is commented out. In my case that seems to be the offending line of code breaking the feed.

For the time being I think I’ll just downgrade to WP 2.1

Posted on Mar 29, '07 at 11:58 am

Correction from my last. It now seems to be the <?php $BirdFeeder->seed(the_title_rss(), permalink_single_rss()); ?> inside the <item> tags on the feed that cause the issues for me. When commenting that line out while leaving all the others visible the feed works but as soon as I uncomment that line/code the feed breaks again.

Shaun Inman
Mint/Pepper Developer
Posted on Mar 29, '07 at 12:24 pm

Unfortunately Iím not running MySQL 4 so I canít test WP 2.1.x. Have you asked around the WP boards? Perhaps they would have a better idea of what changed between the two versions that might have introduced this conflict.

Shaun Inman
Mint/Pepper Developer
Posted on Mar 29, '07 at 12:50 pm

I just installed a local copy of MySQL 4 and Wordpress/Mint/Bird Feeder. Adding:

global $Mint;
define('BIRDFEED', 'Feed Name');


if (empty($wp)) {

(in all the respective feed format files, eg. wp-rss2.php) seemed to do the trick for me.

Posted on Mar 29, '07 at 06:35 pm

Nevermind, user error. Too much code viewing lately. I was using the the_title_rss instead of get_the_title in the link. deeeerrrrrr….. ;^)

I tried running the plugin in WordPress MU as a mu-plugin and it distorts my feeds with database errors as well.

Warning: Missing argument 2 for wpdb::select(), called in /xxx/stefan/wp.devilicious.net/wp-content/mu-plugins/MintBirdFeeder.php on line 32 and defined in /xxx/stefan/wp.devilicious.net/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 91

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /xxx/stefan/wp.devilicious.net/wp-includes/wp-db.php:91) in /xxx/stefan/wp.devilicious.net/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 438


Canít select database

Running it as a single plugin in WPMU does the same. Any idea on how to fix this?

I would also like to see it running on MU. I have a wordpress blog that are set-up as MU, but I just can’t find a way to track it with bird feeder.

Any ideas?

This plug in for Wordpress is working for me properly on 2.9.1 http://forgecode.net/2010/01/a-wordpres … ird-feeder

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