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Re: Archive of discussion list

  • To: epc-l@iucr.org
  • Subject: Re: Archive of discussion list
  • From: Brian McMahon <bm.iucr.org>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 09:45:23 +0000 (GMT)
  • In-Reply-To: <347A8F86.3C21@cryst.unige.ch> from "Howard Flack" at Nov 25, 97 08:42:56 am
Howard writes:
 
> Brian, Please send again your message on the above topic so Yves can
> read it.

The message in question was:

> Thanks to Howard for his introduction and welcome.
> 
> The listproc software which we are using has its own archive (and digest)
> facilities, which may be adequate for miost people's uses. However, I also
> have a separate program called MHonArch, which produces pretty html archives
> of mail discussions, and I propose to run it daily to provide an archive of
> this list. 
> 
> The URL will be http://www.iucr.org/iucr-top/lists/epc-l/ (this will not be
> distributed to the mirror servers during this initial testing phase, but it
> is feasible to download it to the mirrors to provide easy accessibility to
> public discussion archives).
> 
> It is also feasible to put password protection on such archives, to make
> them private, but that would involve considerable administrative overhead.
> Hence i am suggesting that archives of this form should be provided only for
> public lists.
> 
> I welcome your comments on this, and more generally on the ways in which
> we can offer these list-processing and archiving services to the community.

Howard also asks, in a separate message, how easy it is to modify the
welcome message that a new subscriber receives. The answer is "very easy"
(I'll explain how in my response to that thread); clearly it would be useful
to include the above URL in the welcoming message to this list.

I'll probably update the archive manually several times over the next few
days so that people can explore the indexing and cross-referencing features
of the mhonarc software, but once we've finished playing, it will be
automatically updated every day at 20:00 Chester local time.

Brian

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