Archive of this newsgroup?

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Mar 24 15:09:52 EST 2006


Yeah, you're right -- searching pipermail is a PitA..  Before the major
update we had a search engine in place, listed off the mailman listinfo
page and also listed on the pipermail archive page.   The old search
engine was kinda slow and bad.

I've been working on implementing a namazu search over the lists, but it's
still experimental.   I announced it on the -devel list, but not the -user
list (because it's experiemental)..   But...  You can try it out at

Be warned... This URL might change in the future, and the look-and-feel
will (hopefully) improve.  I also expect to link it into mailman and pipermail
when I can..


Quoting Adam Rosi-Kessel <adam at>:

> Unfortunately, even in this day and age, mailman list archives are not
> easily searchable from the web. You could try a google search limited to the
> domain name in question; you could wget all of the gzipped versions, i.e.
> wget -H --cut-dirs=2 -r -l 1 --accept gz \
> zcat *.gz > list_archive.txt
> then search list_archive.txt.
> Although it might seem pedantic, you could add an explicit link to the list
> archive in the footer. I've run several dozen lists, and come to terms with
> the fact that, at least for our lifetimes, there will *always* be people who
> ask (1) how to unsubscribe and (2) where the list archive is, even when
> there is a link in the footer. I've found that there will be *fewer* such
> people if you actually put in the footer, e.g.:
> To unsubscribe or see archives, go to http://....
> or even better:
> To unsubscribe, send a blank message to list-unsubscribe at ...
> To see list archives, go to http://.../pipermail/...
> At least in that case when someone writes asking one of these questions, you
> can point them not only to a URL in the footer but the ACTUAL TEXT answering
> their question.
> Derek Atkins wrote:
>> Do you not even read the messages that come into your mailbox?
>> In particular the footer of EVERY FRICKIN MESSAGE!
>> See here....
>> Quoting Jean-David Beyer <jeandavid8 at>:
>>> I have the impression I have seen a reference to an archive of this
>>> newsgroup. It seems to me I have a question that has already been
>>> answered,
>>> and wished to look it up instead of asking again.
>>> Is there such an archive? If so, where? .. and how is it searched?
>> [snip]
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> gnucash-user mailing list
>>> gnucash-user at
>>                     /
>> This line here------+
>> -derek

       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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