amr ical events lists
[Plugin: AmR iCal Events List] Error finding or parsing ical calendar (12 posts)

  1. admamza
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This error appears on this page: http://adamwatkin.com/?page_id=100

    I imagine this is a very noob question but does anyone know how I can resolve this?

    I thought it would be a problem with the url but Ive tried a few and still didnt work



  2. admamza
    Posted 5 years ago #

    nevermind sorted it! -_-

  3. weid
    Posted 5 years ago #

    what was the solution???
    I updated to the latest amr-ical and it stopped working...

    all I get now is this message
    Error finding or parsing ical calendar http://www.facebook.com/ical/u.php?uid=561935077&key=13c00f3f20

    on http://www.drinklocal.com

  4. anmari
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi weid,

    I'm looking at it, so far only happens with your facebook url. Other urls are working... I'll explore a bit further...

  5. anmari
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 years ago #

    OOOhhhh - try opening that file in notepad - i'm getting solid black lines and musical characters and upward arrows and square boxes

    Maybe it is some sort of encoding problem? Do you have a more normal facebook url you could test with as an alternate ?

    Google managed to load it, so possible it has allowed for these characters in a way that either wordpress or php need to be told to do.

    Nothing has really changed on the import side so maybe it is a new event causing the problem?

  6. anmari
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi weid
    2 things:
    1) When the plugin does a fopen on the url, facebook is returning this message:

    Sorry, this URL is invalid or has expired

    instead of the ics file.

    If I access the ics file via the browser, save it on my local server and then get the plugin to read it from there (to get around the face book thing), it loads fine. So the funny characters are NOT the problem. The problem is that fopen is not working with facebook.

    I have to go cook dinner now but will have google later to see if we can shed light on the fopen problem: http://www.google.com.au/search?q=facebook+fopen

    2) wrt your file : Has your facebook calendar been hacked ? or is this below a genuine event ?

    Offer Available Now until September 30

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    1.) Go to Electrique Boutique
    2.) Bring The VIP Customer Flyer

  7. anmari
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi - had a further look and I have to say I'm stumped - plugin uses wordpresses remote open function (not the fopen - that's the cached file)
    That function tries all sorts of ways.

    I tried with a test facebook one myself (urg)- same problem and with a bit of a google around, looks like not unheard of: see support.webs.com

    Looking at the way it works in facebook the url is more aimed at exporting, rather than subscribing. Maybe facebook have changed their privacy stuff a bit?

    Meanwhile a QUICK Temp FIX for your site would be to export to google, then use the google url. You could get google to "subscribe" - different from import but I have found that google updates to ics files are a bit slow.

  8. weid
    Posted 5 years ago #

    that VIP one was a valid event but i did remove it to test your theory....

    not sure why it just stopped working caus eit was working great before...

    did you mean to say above that it's not working with MY facebook URL or anyone's facebook url???


  9. anmari
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi - I think that to use facebook events one needs to ensure that a properly public ics file is available. I have had other people use

    http://www.fbcal.com/ or http://apps.facebook.com/fbcalendar/ - self named "the missing facebook calendar"

    and I tried it out - If you go through the "create" proces... and then when you have a subscribe option there is a "or just download a copy here". copy the link in the "here".

    I tested this here
    and it works fine.

    I have also posted a query in the facebook forum, but at this stage It appears to me that it is a facebook 'thing'.

    Ie: the export link is not also a subscribe link.

    Hope that all makes sense.

  10. weid
    Posted 5 years ago #

    confused... this seems to copy the actual file... wouldn't that mean I would have to do this every time I want to update as opposed to the way it used to work in real time??

    sorry may be missing the boat here

  11. anmari
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Weid,

    I don't want to be unhelpful, however this is now getting into facebook support territory which is not my area. I think you either need to try another ics editor (google?) or look at using amr-events, and maybe integrate your posts or ics file back to facebook if facebook is important to you)

    It seems that this problem (getting a programmatically accessible public SUBSCRIBABLE url to work with the plugin) is limited to facebook - maybe they have no way to have a subscribable url (not just exportable). I have had no complaints from elsewhere!

    I would not be surprised if it is NOT easy to solve - every time I try to get something to integrate with anything facebook related, there are problems. It seems I am not alone in wanting to stay away from it.

    Some recent discussions elsewhere on the web:



  12. weid
    Posted 5 years ago #

    So I took your advice and it was working but I just updated and it's broke again giving me this error:

    Warning: Events may be out of date. Operation timed out after 5000 milliseconds with 0 bytes received Using File last cached at Fri

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