[Mailman-Developers] Mailman/pipermail/MHonArc

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Tue Sep 30 18:01:08 EDT 2003

This topic got some airtime on the list recently and I thought I would 
share my thoughts on it.

Mailman/pipermail has got some strengths and some weaknesses. Ditto 

Being greedy and unable to wait for the Mailman 3's wizzy 
archiver/archive-search solution I decided to try for the best of both 
worlds from what code is currently available. The result is a patch for 
Mailman 2.1.3 (the MM 2.1.2 solution was strictly in-house) which 
creates a Mailman/pipermail/MHonArc integration/fusion. This may be 
rubbish or the greatest thing since sliced bread. That being the case I 
have yet to upload the patch to sourceforge. Anybody with an opinion on 
such an action is welcome to (politely) give their opinion about it.

My description of the patch and the patch is available at:


This patch of mine works but is a crude hack and I would really love to 
work on a really good replacement for pipermail + search engine.

As an aside, I have been using Perl since 1993 and have a love-hate 
relationship with it. It works extremely well and has advanced our 
capabilities but it offends most of my sensibilities. There has to be 
be a better solution than MHonArc (and pipermail) but Earl Hood does do 
such a good job with Perl.

Enough rant/navel-fluff-checking.
Richard Barrett                               http://www.openinfo.co.uk

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