[Mailman-Users] Bundle Htdig with Pipermail? -was- How to delete messages from private archives

Greg Westin greg at gregwestin.com
Tue Jan 28 06:06:20 CET 2003

> I agree.  htdig and python are both on the redhat cd's.  I fear that 
> htdig
> will become part of the mailman package as pipermail is.

I really don't know much about this stuff, but two thoughts:

-Not all of us use redhat.  So what is or isn't on the redhat cds 
shouldn't be a deciding factor in decision about including features, 
though obviously it should be considered.
-Patches are all well and good, but I'd venture to guess that many 
users wouldn't be comfortable patching Mailman for fear of messing 
something up.  However, everyone probably wants archives that are to 
some degree searchable.  It seems to me that beginners would want 
searchability out-of-the-box, but be afraid to patch; users who want 
more powerful searching are almost certainly willing to apply patches, 
etc.; users who don't want searching are... I don't know any of those 

I certainly understand, of course, concerns about making the Mailman 
package excessively large, and concerns by developers about tying 
themselves to development of a new component.  However, I think users 
have come to expect that they can search things in archives -- if an 
archiver is going to be included with Mailman, I think some search 
capability ought to be.


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