Neil Williams linux at
Tue May 4 18:37:21 EDT 2004

On Tuesday 04 May 2004 10:31, Derek Atkins wrote:
> Hi,
> > I also write search engines for mailing list archives (just something to
> > while away the time while gnucash compiles) and I've got a few stock ones
> > that I can adapt, one in Perl and one in PHP (prefer PHP).
> This we could do... In particular if you can search pipermail archives
> directly (so you don't need to keep your own copy of the archives in
> the search engine).

The archives are in a sub-domain of but how is that configured? I 
can definitely search any publicly accessible HTML content from any site with 
no local cache, it all depends on the speed of access. A simple pattern match 
on --beginarticle-- and --endarticle-- can be used to limit searches to the 
relevant content. All pages carry a link to the next message and you don't 
want the subject line to cause that message to show up in a search for 
content that relates to the content of the linked message.

For an example, take a look at DCLUG:
This is a MHonArc archive built from a mailing list of similar volume to 
gnucash-devel where the archive is stored on the local filesystem. Speed is 
obviously relative to the hardware available and I'd tailor the script to try 
to make best use of the available performance. The archive script is 
time-aware so that it automatically generates links as each new archive is 

> We've already got access to a Wiki.  We've been using the GnomeSupport
> Wiki.  For example, the FAQ is at:
> And we've got a bunch of other GnuCash wiki pages there.

Is that linked from the home page?

Should this page be updated?

> > So I could help with:
> >
> >
> > Make sure the mailing lists are easily searchable
> This is useful.

I can do this tomorrow. All I need is access - SSH or FTP, I can do the 
scripts in PHP. If you can let me know how to access the location for the 
script(s) by tomorrow morning GMT, I'll work on it straight away. (Feel free 
to encrypt any access instructions).

With regard to:
 We even need someone to make sure that the mail archives are running 
correctly, and that recent mail is getting indexed & is searchable. 
(webmaster selected)

Is that bit about checking the operation of the mail archives still a problem? 
From only a casual use of the archive, recent messages seem to be added very 
quickly. The 'searchable' I can solve for you.


Neil Williams
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