[Mailman-Users] PHP front-end for Mailman?

Mailman Admin mailman-admin at uni-konstanz.de
Wed Jun 1 16:29:37 CEST 2011

Hi William Ashworth

On 06/01/2011 06:44 AM, William Ashworth wrote:
> I've searched for a bit and perhaps nothing is available (or I'm
> typing the wrong searches).
> A client of mine is looking to integrate more tightly to their
> Mailman list. There's an archive page, but we're trying to format it
> nicely for inclusion on their website so that it matches for members
> to see. I can see two possibilities right now...
> 1.  We write a custom PHP application to scrape and store the archive
> pages into a database to call later, however we want.
> 2.  We create an email address and subscribe it to the list. Any new
> messages will be checked via a PHP script we build and stored in the
> database, then we'll pull from our own archive format however we
> choose.
> The only problem with #2 is that we lose 8 years of legacy emails
> that are already present in the archives. My best bet is to find some
> way to hook into the archives with PHP so that we can roll it into
> the rest of their complicated website. Looking at another development
> language other than PHP at this time would be a conflict of interest
> with the rest of their website applications.
> I may be dreaming, but if there's some way to nightly export the data
> to XML from the archive or something, which we can then (also)
> nightly import that XML data into a MySQL database, then the sky's
> the limit...I simply don't know if there's a standardized way to
> access the archived information, as scraping is very messy.
> I'm completely new to Mailman. Any assistance you can offer to help
> get my bearings straight would be greatly appreciated.

There was an "Google Summer of Code" project last year, which tried to
produce better archive frontends.

Perhaps you should look there first:
1) threaded conversation demo

2) search demo
With documentation
And code

Kind regards,
Christian Mack

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