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On Jul 4, 2007, at 1:16 PM, Dale Newfield wrote:
Barry Warsaw wrote:
Maybe a way to think about this is that the canonical url is based on the message-id, but then there's some way to distill even this down to a tinyurl or simple integer that would be stable in the face of full archive regenerations.
The resistance to basing this on message-id has always been that
there's no guarantee of uniqueness... ...but I believe each list has some sort of counter for how many messages it's seen, so we could add another header with that
number, and use as a unique id the two concatenated together... (That way the archiver can know from the content of the header exactly how to generate the same unique id as mailman, which would allow
for the url-in-the-footer to happen w/o first hitting the archiver.)
I'm not crazy about this idea for a couple of reasons. First, it
means that someone who has a copy of the message that didn't come
from the list (e.g. one of the two you will get of this message),
cannot calculate this unique ID. Second, things can happen to a list
that might cause this sequence number to get corrupted. Maybe a list
will get deleted and then recreated. Maybe it will get moved and the
sequence number will get reset in the move. Maybe the list will be
upgraded to a new version of Mailman.
I think we can do just as well by using Message-ID + Date and get
very low collision rates.