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Re: Mailing list archive

From: "William A. Carrel" <william.a@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2003 18:42:08 -0800

In article <pan.2003.>,
 Jeremy Messenger <mezz7@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> > It would make more sense to implement a simple nntp -> http gateway.  
> > That is unless news.dragonflybsd.org is expiring articles so fast that 
> > it isn't an option.  (I don't believe this is the case.)  
> The news.dragonflybsd.org only will have around 250 articles/mails on
> each group, I just checked and the oldest one is Tue, 21 Oct 2003 13:56:15
> -0400 in the dragonfly.kernel group.

Well it's actually 512 articles from the looks of things...  the oldest 
I can see in dragonfly.kernel is:
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 01:21:29 +0800
Xref: crater_reader.dragonflybsd.org dragonfly.kernel:1325

It looks as if older articles have been lost to the sands of time for 
the news server (or perhaps just its clients).  Certainly this is 
configurable on the news server.  

The bottom of www/Main/forums.cgi points out "We will be providing a 
web-based archival access feature soon for those people who just want to 
browse the lists who do not have a USENET newsreader handy."

To enable this the news server needs to be set to stop expiring 
articles(!) and someone needs to setup News-Portal or an equivalent 
piece of software.  These changes shouldn't be too involved.

Personally, I'd like to avoid the indirection of having jump from my 
newsreader to a web archive when reading older articles, if at all 
possible.  It seems silly to do.

Let me know if I can help in this effort.
William A. Carrel

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