Re: Does mhonarc2mbox exist?

2000-11-12 19:44:27
On Sun, 12 Nov 2000, Erik Rossen wrote:

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On Sat, 11 Nov 2000, anthonyw wrote:

 It is fairly straightforward to write such a utility to go from html back
to 'mbox'. Remember
<> from sometime ago? That same
script can be used as a starting point for making a mhonarc2mbox script.

Thanks!  I looked at it and it seems like a reasonable start, if a bit
simplistic.  I'm glad I didn't start my version of mhonarc2mbox yet.

However, it took a little bit of searching to find the script that you are
referring to.  Part of the problem is that the URL is wrong - it should be:

In addition, the name of the script is, not I tried
looking on Altavista, Google, and Freshmeat, but it wasn't until I tried
the archives of this list that I found what you were referring to at

 My bad about the URL, I should have checked it before I hit send. I keep
forgot the W at the end of my login id when I made up the URL. My bad
about the script name. I did not give it an official name and forgot to be
consistent. Sorry about that.

 While Erik's original question is over two weeks old by now, I too have
have a project that requires me to morph into this new
utility. Which brings me to a feature request.

 For the msg*.html files that are derived from multipart messages:

1) Save the boundary markers of the message part 
2) Retain the Mime headers of the message parts - those which are not
   displayed inline - inside of some X- comment.

That's fine for the future, but what about archives that have been done
with older versions of Mhonarc?  I still think that a general mhonarc2mbox
utility would be useful...

 The feature request do not hold me back at all. I was lazy about parsing 
and was over complicating the problem of determining when a url in the
msg.html file was from a derived file. More on that in my followup to

Incidentally, I have tried to follow up on the following lead that was
posted on this list:

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 09:10:14 -0400
From: Louis Proyect <lnp3(_at_)columbia(_dot_)edu>
To: mhonarc(_at_)ncsa(_dot_)uiuc(_dot_)edu
Subject: Re: Does mhonarc2mbox exist? 

I had to do this. A programmer who works with me on my mailing list has 
scripts that seemed to have worked okay. His name is Les Schaffer and he 
can be reached at: godzilla(_at_)optonline(_dot_)net(_dot_)

...but after two tries of emailing to this Les Schaffer, I didn't get even
a whisper of a response.  Perhaps he has his email filters turned up to
the "no-beggars" setting?

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