[Mailman-Users] Search feature?

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Fri May 23 19:09:56 CEST 2003

At 14:56 23/05/2003, Tex wrote:
>I use Mailman through my web host (one of the reasons for choosing them,
>actually!), so whatever info you can supply me I will pass along to them.
>Is there a search capability or add-on for archived messages? My mailing
>list deals with specific topics that were a search available, it would
>eliminate the need for repeating messages.
>If there is not a "plug-in" available for Mailman, would a basic cgi search
>script installed on my site work as long as it was pointed to my account on
>the Mailman server? (most web hosts, mine included, have the Mailman
>install on a server separate from the web accounts).

There is a patch for Mailman, which you might like to consider:


which I maintain and which integrates MM with the Htdig search engine.

One advantage with this patch is that it provides per-list searching with 
the search form on each archived list's TOC page, which in a hosted mail 
list environment may be a suitable solution. This solution also maintains 
MM's list privacy, which may also be preferable in a hosted environment. 
But it is all down to the willingness of your hosting supplier to install 
Htdig, install the MM-htdig integration patch and run the cron script that 
maintains the per-list search indexes.

Let me know if you need any advice on deploying this solution.

>Thanks for your time,
>Tex Green

Richard Barrett                                      http://www.openinfo.co.uk

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