drivel(1) A journal client for the GNOME desktop


drivel [options]


This manual page documents briefly the drivel command.

This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

Drivel is a client for the GNOME desktop.
  It supports all livejournal-type servers which use standard protocol (as documented at
  See for more information on what LiveJournal is and how to get a free account.
  Drivel allows you to perform most functions that are supported by the server (posting, friends editing, friend groups, friend page checking, post editing etc).
  It is designed to utilize the new features of GNOME 2.0 including GConf and GTK 2.0.

Serendipity configuration

The server address you need for a serendipity installation is of the form:


Use the standard username and password details that you would use on the admin interface:


MovableType configuration

It appears that movabletype has different password authentication for admin and what movable type calls web services like drivel and other blogging clients.

The same user will need a different password on the two interfaces. Go to the admin interface of your movable-type installation and select "blog preferences" and then select "Users" from the "Manage" menu. Click on the user you want to use via drivel (or other blogging client) and scroll down. Click on Reveal to see the Web Services Password. An alert box is raised with your current web services password for that user. The main password only appears to work for the movable-type administration interface.

Other clients

It is difficult to test with all blogging services, so if there are other blogging services supported by drivel but which need changes to the login URL or specialised knowledge of user passwords etc., file a wishlist bug against drivel in Debian with the relevant details so that this section of the manpage can be updated.

(Details of wordpress changes are already documented in the drivel manual - in time, sections from the manpage will be included into the drivel manual.)


drivel only supports querying the music being played when logged into a livejournal blog. The old IDL/CORBA interface has been removed from rhythmbox and drivel now uses DBUS to query rhythmbox for livejournal blogs only.


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below. Standard gtk/gnome options may also be used.

-h --help
Show summary of options.
-v --version
Show version of program.


This manual page was originally written by Neil McGovern <[email protected]> and is now maintained by Neil Williams <[email protected]> for the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts and no Back-Cover Texts.