reproducible URLs

1998-09-02 22:56:45

I had been wracking my brains, trying to think of what could
possibly be improved with the wonderful MHonArc program.

And then it hit me. When I use MhonArc, I tend to think of it as a
renderer - I feed it email and it renders a bunch of HTML files.
On occasion, I will change something in the rcfile (or whatnot)
and rerender the all the email messages.

Now sometimes that results in what was msg00587.html to turn into
msg00560.html. Not a big deal, except that it might leave a dozen
major internet search engines (and my little minor search engine) with
a bad idea of what is where, at least until the pages can be

So, one potential feature for the future might be an option to use
reproducible filenames for messges. Like naming the file after the MD5
checksum of a message, or the message ID, or something else that is
statistically likely to be unique.

Anyway, it's just a thought I wanted to throw out. It would be yet
another stripe of icing on a wonderful cake.


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