We may not have answered all of your questions in the previous sections. The FAQ contains some questions that have not been answered elsewhere.

What is /i at the end of the application URL?

Of course, /i has a purpose! It’s used for performance and usability:

Why is robots.txt located in a sub-folder?

To increase security, FreshRSS is hosted in two sections. The first section is public (the ./p folder) and the second section is private (everything else). Therefore the robots.txt file is located in the ./p sub-folder.

As explained in the security section, it’s highly recommended to make only the public section available at the domain level. With that configuration, ./p is the root folder for http://demo.freshrss.org/, thus making robots.txt available at the root of the application.

The same principle applies to favicon.ico and .htaccess.

Why do I have errors while registering a feed?

There can be different origins for that problem. The feed syntax can be invalid, it can be unrecognized by the SimplePie library, the hosting server can be the root of the problem, or FreshRSS can be buggy. The first step is to identify what causes the problem. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Verify if the feed syntax is valid with the W3C on-line tool. If it’s not valid, there’s nothing we can do.
  2. Verify SimplePie validation with the SimplePie on-line tool. If it’s not recognized, there’s nothing we can do.
  3. Verify FreshRSS integration with the demo. If it’s not working, you need to create an issue on Github so we can have a look at it. If it’s working, there’s probably something fishy with the hosting server.

How can you change a forgotten password?

Since the 1.10.0 release, admins can change user passwords directly from the interface. This interface is available under Administration → Manage users. Select a user, enter a password, and validate.

Since the 1.8.0 release, admins can change user passwords using a terminal. It worth mentioning that you must have access to PHP CLI. Open a terminal, and type the following command:

./cli/update_user.php --user <username> --password <password>

For more information on that matter, please refer to the dedicated documentation.

Permissions under SELinux

Some Linux distribution, like Fedora or RedHat Enterprise Linux, have SELinux enabled. This acts similar to a firewall application, so that applications can’t write or modify files under certain conditions. While installing FreshRSS, step 2 can fail if the httpd process can’t write to some data sub-directories. The following command should be executed as root to fix this problem:

semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t '/usr/share/FreshRSS/data(/.*)?'
restorecon -Rv /usr/share/FreshRSS/data

Why do I have a blank page while trying to configure the sharing options?

The sharing word in the URL is a trigger word for some ad-blocker rules. Starting with version 1.16, sharing has been replaced by integration in the faulty URL while keeping the exact same wording throughout the application.

If you are using a version prior to 1.16, you can disable your ad-blocker for FreshRSS or you can add a rule to allow the sharing page to be accessed.

Examples with uBlock:

Problems with firewalls

If you have the error “Blast! This feed has encountered a problem. Please verify that it is always reachable then update it.”, it might be because of a firewall misconfiguration.

To identify the problem, here are the steps to follow:

Then to fix it, you need to do check your firewall configuration and ensure that you are not blocking connections to IPs and/or ports in which your feeds are located. If using iptables and you are blocking inbound connections to ports 80/443, check that the rules are properly configured and you are not also blocking outbound connections to the very same ports.

For example, when using the firewall provided by Synology, you can block traffic for certain applications (i.e., ports). One could think that these rules would be applied only to incoming connections but specifying * for the originating host of the requests will also include your local networks. To deal with this issue, you will have to add exceptions for your local networks to be able to access those ports with a higher priority than the one blocking incoming connections. This could be similar for other frontends to iptables. Please check the following discussion about a similar issue.