[Mailman-Users] Understanding Archiving

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon May 24 16:10:00 CEST 2010

Patricia A Moss quoted me and wrote.
>>If you look at the overall archive TOC for a list, you will see entries
>>May 2010:  [ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ] [ Text xx KB ]
>>April 2010:[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ] [ Gzip'd Text xx KB ]
>I am not sure how to look at the TOC.  I didn't see it in either of the 
>lists that I have.  Is it just a matter of physically looking at a 
>specific file in the list directory?

It is the top level page in a list's archive. E.g. for this list, the
page at <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-users/> which would
also be the file archives/private/mailman-users/index.html.

>>The [ Gzip'd Text xx KB ] link is to the 2010-April.txt.gz file if
>>there is one.
>I don't have any .gz files.

OK. The good news is they're not taking up space. The bad news is you
can't recover space by removing them.

>I have another question.  What is the difference between the following two 
>The ...archives/private/mailman/ is much larger than the 
>...archives/private/<listname>/ directory; but they seem to contain the 
>same files.

The names are similar, but the content's are different.
archives/private/mailman/ is the archive of posts to the 'mailman'
site list and archives/private/<listname>/ is the archive of posts to
the <listname> list.

Every list's archive has the same structure, but the contents of the
files are different.

If the archive of your site (mailman) list is large, you might consider
not archiving that list, i.e., set Archiving Options -> archive to No.

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