Re: Getting started

From: Guido van Rossum <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 23:52:22 -0400
Message-Id: <199804230352.XAA01091_at_eric.CNRI.Reston.Va.US>

> Hypermail needs a real makeover to be able to get to where it should
> be. We are not going to get there over night. In order to make the
> most progress, I propose that we take the following approach. Let's
> get a baseline version and take the modifications made in the past
> and incorporate them into a single version. All those improvements
> in one version will be a real step forward.
> At that point we can reevaluate hypermail and see what makes the most
> sense. It may be that we will need to re-implement hypermail from the
> ground up. That decision is a ways down the road. First we need to get
> the low hanging fruit all onto a single tree. Sound reasonable ?

Since you mention the possibility to start from scratch, I thought I ashould mention that there already is an alternative to Hypermail, called Pipermail. It is written in Python by Andrew Kuchling. It has its own web page at

For an example of what it can do, visit the Python SIG archives at

I'm not sure how pipermail compares to hypermail in detail, but I know that Andrew was aware of several hypermail restrictions and coded pipermail to avoid these. Andrew, would you care to comment?

--Guido van Rossum (home page: Received on Thu 23 Apr 1998 05:54:28 AM GMT

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