Re: archive/Makefile improved [patch]

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Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 15:28:23 +0200 (MET DST)
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A belated comment...

In our previous episode, Daniel Stenberg said:
> > It would be nice, if hypermail could somehow manage to link to thread
> > messages in different month. Okay, seems hard to do, but it would
> > definately be a very useful feature to follow threads, which run over
> > more than one month.
> Splitting the archive per month really cripples the concept of threading,
> yes. But to perfectly enable threading across different directories/
> mailboxes, you'd need a single large database with info about the mails,
> threads and indexes. That brings us back to the idea where hypermail should
> store information about the current mbox, indexes, mails etc in a file to
> speed up the operations...

Mhonarc uses a big database and it should be possible to do cross-threading with it. However, if ever Mhonarc crashes while writing to the dbase, you'll need to rebuild it. If hypermail crashes, you need to rebuild the current month.

Let me toss some ideas about using a dbase...

Notwithstanding, the use of a dbase is quite interesting, not only for cross-linking among different months, different lists, but also to have permanent URLs, which are separated from the file system. The idea is that your messages URLs include a list name, message id, and you go thru a cgi-script + dbase to find the static file that correspond to the message. This is nice in that you can move your static files around without breaking any links. As sometimes you need to have buffered read/write access to the base (e.g., cgi-script reading a message at the same time that a new message arrives), a SQL base, like mysql, is more appropriate than a dbm one.

-Jose Received on Wed 01 Sep 1999 03:31:07 PM GMT

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