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Thunderbird doesn't check for updates to an RSS feed

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I have the following PHP script to generate an RSS feed:

if (isset($_GET['value']))

$num = file_get_contents('counter.txt');

$fp = fopen('counter.txt','w');

echo '<?xml version="1.0"?>';
<rss version="2.0">
<title>RSS Test</title>
<description>RSS Test/description>
<description><?php echo $num; ?></description>
<link><?php echo $num; ?></link>
<pubDate><?php echo date('r'); ?></pubDate>


It should, every time it is loaded, output a new (larger) number. And
it does when I view it successive times in FireFox. Thunderbird,
however, does nothing. I add to the "News & Blogs"
section, go to Tools->Account Settings, to News & Blogs, within that,
and set "Check for new articles every ___ minutes" to 1. Twenty
minutes later, I should have twenty new items for that RSS feed,
shouldn't I? The counter, when I view it in FireFox, should have
incremented by 20, shouldn't it have? Because none of that's
happening. In fact, nothing is happening. No updates are being
checked for, what-so-ever, and I don't know why.

Any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong? Is this a problem with
Thunderbird or my PHP script? I'm going to assume the latter because
other RSS feeds do, in fact, work.

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