[hackers] A better mailing list web archiver for suckless.org ... ?

From: Thomas Oltmann <thomas.oltmann.hhg_AT_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2022 21:29:43 +0200

Hi all!

I think we can all agree that the current web archive over at
lists.suckless.org isn't all that great;
Author names get mangled, the navigation is terrible, some messages
are duplicated, some missing.

That's why I've started looking into #3 of the 'Project Ideas' page
(https://suckless.org/project_ideas/) -- "Write a decent mailing list
Web archive system".
I see lots of potential to build something better than hypermail:

- We could take text encodings more seriously.
  hypermail just copies the 'charset' notice over into the HTML
  file, which doesn't work when listing multiple messages.

- We could use maildir instead of the really brittle mbox format for mailboxes.
  This might also help avoid message dropping/duplication, but I'm not
sure about that.

- We could try a different navigation scheme. Perhaps flat threads
instead of a hierarchy?
  I don't really know how people here feel about this, but it's
mentioned on the 'Project Ideas' page
  and I'm in favour of it. Navigating message trees is really confusing.

- Bonus: We can ignore CGI, uuencode, HTML mail and all that cruft.

Is there currently any interest in such a project here?

So far, I've gone ahead and implemented a sort of proof-of-concept (at
Of course I can't guarantee that this will go anywhere, as I only have
limited time and patience myself, but I can give it a try.

          Thomas Oltmann
Received on Wed Aug 10 2022 - 21:29:43 CEST

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