[sf-lug] New to this list; Gmane.org, anyone?

Daniel Gimpelevich daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Mon Dec 24 16:14:29 PST 2007

'lo. I just finally subscribed to this list, albeit with the "nomail" 
option. I'm hoping to get the list archive mirrored on gmane.org, with 
the added benefits that brings, including a web form for posting to the 
list, an NNTP gateway for participating in it, and four different RSS 
feeds of the list. Currently, replying to old messages not in one's 
inbox requires manually setting the In-Reply-To headers. Note that the 
current system hosting the list, linuxmafia.com, is capable of 
providing the NNTP gateway itself, but in a slightly more limited role. 
I asked Jim, and he thinks that mirroring on gmane.org is a great idea, 
but that his opinion is his alone, and not necessarily that of others 
on the list. So, how about having some of you fellow list participants 
discuss the matter? If people like the idea, there's another question 
to answer: E-mail addresses in the mirrored archive get obscured in one 
of two ways: Either the "@" is replaced with "at" inside the message, 
or the whole address is scrambled. Unfortunately, there is no option to 
leave them as they are. So, that would be another thing to discuss. The 
past two years of the list are trivial to copy over into the mirror 
because the mbox file is easily web-accessible. However, I really hope 
the first year and a half of archives can join them there. I understand 
that the machine that hosted those died, but I don't know to what 
degree the old Mailman mbox file is irretrievable from it, nor whether 
any backups of it existed. Alas, the mbox format file really is the 
only way that part of the list's history can rejoin it in this medium, 
and Jim's meticulous retention of each message individually is 
insufficient. I probably won't reply back to this thread unless 
everybody comes to an agreement, but I'll be checking for replies 
nonetheless. I hope to see some of you at the Javacat sometime...
"No gnu's is good gnu's."   --Gary Gnu, "The Great Space Coaster"
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