Importing/migrating Mailman mbox files into Google Groups?

Cameron Simpson cs at
Sun Apr 19 01:42:12 CEST 2015

On 18Apr2015 07:50, Skip Montanaro <skip.montanaro at> wrote:
>On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 7:33 PM, Cameron Simpson <cs at> wrote:
>> However, before you get very excited see if people can get messages back out
>> of the archive. A major annoyance for me with GGroups versus mailman is that
>> if I join a group I cannot download the historical archive. (This is a
>> standard step for me when I join a mailing list. I hear mailman 3 might be
>> tossing this facility; I am unimpressed.)
>I'll clarify briefly. The archives are from a now-defunct mailing list
>which accumulated about 190k posts during its nearly ten-year life.
>The only interface to the archives is a rather feeble search
>interface. There is no way to just read through the archives in
>chronological fashion. I know Google Groups isn't very popular here,
>but trust me, it would provide a much better interface to these
>archives than the current search interface. I will obviously verify
>that the messages can be read through GG before dumping all of them
>into this archive.

I think I understood that there was an existing archive. My caveat was more 
something to consider before choosing GGroups (too late, and in any case hardly 
a deal breaker, especially since Google finally cleaned up a lot of their 
HTML/text rendering issues).

Maybe I could suggest, in addition to uploading the archive as raw messages for 
GGroups to present, uploading the archive as a compressed mbox file for members 
to download if they wish a local archive copy.

Cameron Simpson <cs at>

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