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Want a simple and free way to send a message to Twitter from your System i? Here you go. I am releasing this as an Open Source release. Please improve on the coding and update this page with your changes.

You will need the AIX binary of cURL from here. You will need version 7.13.1. This version, from AIX 4.3 is known to work on IBM i V5R4; other versions might work as well. Once extracted, put the curl object into a folder on the IFS and install. The default installation uses the /usr/local tree, and PASE has /QOpenSys as its base, so I installed my curl in /QOpenSys/usr/local

Install curl

  1. Download a RISC (Power PC) binary. Use your favourite method to put it somewhere on the IFS. I will use /home/addons for this example
  2. call qp2term
  3. cd /home/addons
  4. uncompress curl.7.13.1.tar.Z (gives curl.7.13.1.tar)
  5. cd /QOpenSys
  6. tar xf /home/addons/curl.7.13.1.tar (installs curl in /QOpenSys/usr/local)
  7. /QOpenSys/usr/local/bin/curl -V (tests it out; should see curl 7.13.1 (powerpc-ibm-aix4.3.2.0)...)

At this point, curl is installed. Press F3 to return to the i command line.

Command processing program


            PGM        PARM(&USER &PASS &TWEET)
            DCL        VAR(&USER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(30)
            DCL        VAR(&PASS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(30)
            DCL        VAR(&TWEET) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(140)
            DCL        VAR(&CMD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(300)
            CHGVAR     VAR(&CMD) VALUE('/QOpenSys/usr/local/bin/curl --basic +
                         --user ' || &USER |< ':' || &PASS |< ' +
                         --data status="' || &TWEET |< '" +
            QSH        CMD(&CMD)

Special characters can be reviewed in the CLP article



            CMD        PROMPT('Send Tweet')
            PARM       KWD(USER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(30) CASE(*MIXED) +
                         PROMPT('User Name')
            PARM       KWD(PASS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(30) CASE(*MIXED) +
                         PROMPT('Password') DSPINPUT(*NO)
            PARM       KWD(TWEET) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(140) CASE(*MIXED) +

See also

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