[Mailman-Users] Mailman for maillist, namazu for search

Philip S Tellis philip.tellis at iname.com
Fri Nov 30 09:43:40 CET 2001

Sometime on Nov 29, Jon Carnes assembled some asciibets to say:

> Looks cool.  How did you do it, and what are the current problems
> with the way it's setup/working?

How I did it:


There's this product called namazu (http://www.namazu.org/).  It's a
search engine that uses a full text index.  Can index local paths, not
remote paths.

Put the namazu cgi in the mailman/cgi-bin/ directory, and called it
search.  Also had to hack namazu a bit to get it to read the index from
the PATH_INFO from the url (/linuxers/, /life/, etc.).

Also changed the namazu templates to look like mailman's listinfo pages.

The last thing was to index the pages.

So far, no changes were required to mailman, but the products aren't
fully integrated yet.

The only thing that isn't done is automatic reindexing everytime a new
message is added.  I thought it may make sense to do the reindexing at
the same time that a new archive is created (ie, weekly or monthly), but
couldn't find the place to put that.

The next best idea I had was to put it the reindexing as a cron job.
Problem here is that there is a chance that the reindexer would run
while a new message was only partially written to disk.


I also had to add either a link to the search page on the listinfo page,
and a search box or link on the archive pages.  While this isn't up on
the urls yet, it is done by hacking Mailman/Archiver/HyperArch.py.

The real problem is getting the link to show up only on pages that have
actually been indexed.

How this can be fully integrated

A config variable stating whether the list needs to be indexed for
searching, and based on that, these links can be written to the archive
pages.  The reindexer can be run through mailman or through cron,
depending on what others think is a better solution.


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