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

Geoff Shang geoff at QuiteLikely.com
Wed Jun 1 16:36:59 CEST 2011

On Wed, 1 Jun 2011, William Ashworth wrote:

> 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.

Assuming you have access to the Mailman installation, you can avoid both 
of these somewhat cludgy steps and access the master archive directly.

Each mailing list keeps its archive as a big mbox-formatted file, which 
you could presumably parse.

I also recall the ability to handle custom archiving (i.e. you can get the 
system to archive messages in a way more useful to you).  Mark will 
probably have more to say about this possibility if it exists, assuming 
there's nothing in the FAQ already about this.

You may wish to get the old messages out of the mbox master and then use 
some kind of custom archive handler to handle new messages.

Mailman3 (still in development/alpha state) will probably make all this a 
lot easier.


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