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# toota-palooza
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Python program to fill a mastodon timeline with randomized toots.
# Setting up a Dev environment
So you want to run this yourself, eh?
You need:
1. A bot account on an instance. Go create one. Do **not** enable MFA on it.
2. Python
## Python prep
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1. Check out the code.
2. cd to the repository.
3. Build it and install it in your working environment.
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1. `python3 -m venv .venv`
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2. `. .venv/bin/activate`
3. `pip install -r requirements.txt`
4. Assuming your current working directory is the root of this repository, install into your build environment with `pip install -e .`
4. Copy the `example.env` file to a file named `.env` in the root of this repo.
5. Edit that `.env` file to contain all the secrets!
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## Initialise your Mastodon app
This is a one-time thing you do ever. First time you go to run the bot in a new environment where it hasn't run before.
1. Find `toota-palooza/` and edit it
2. Edit the lines to uncomment them and change any values you need to (like app name and server)
3. Run it one time (e.g., `python`). It should just exit, creating the file.
4. Edit the file and comment the lines out again. You just do that once.
# Running
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Set get the `toota-palooza` command into your path so you can invoke it. Run `pip install -e .`
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Assuming everything is up to date, all your files initialised with correct values, you can just run `toota-palooza --once`.
By default it will try to run as a daemon.