[OT] Google URLs (was Re: popen eating quotes?)

Ben Finney bignose-hates-spam at and-benfinney-does-too.id.au
Mon Aug 4 04:59:44 CEST 2003

On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 17:45:00 -0600, Steven Taschuk wrote:
> Not memorable, but at least shorter, is
>     <http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=0000161b%40bossar.com.pl>
> In general all you need is the threadm or selm parameter, which
> gives the message-id of the post in question; if memory serves,
> threadm and selm differ in whether the resulting page shows the
> rest of the thread.

Fortunately, the Message-Id: is available in the message itself (it's
part of every NNTP posting), so even without Google you theoretically
have complete information to give the Google Groups URL for any post:


for threaded, or


for the message alone.

> All discovered empirically.  Use at your own risk.


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