Re: Splitting archives by month: what about long-lived threads?

2002-10-25 12:48:34
On October 25, 2002 at 09:12, tomas(_dot_)halvarsson(_at_)fra(_dot_)se wrote:

Threads that last from one month into the next are split. For
example, look at the "mharc newbie problem" thread in the
mhonarc-users web archive. The thread started on Sept. 26, and
the Oct. 3 post does not have links to previous posts in the
thread, because they are from a previous month.

Yep.  Technically, each month is a separate MHonArc archive.
The archives (i.e. the mharc package) provides a
work-around by leveraging Namazu.  At the end of each message
body, you will see the link '[More with this subject...]'.
This executes a search for messages with the same subject for
the entire list archive so month boundaries are no longer a

It is far from perfect, but it is better than nothing.

Is there any way of making MHonArc look in several .mhonarc.db
-files to get threading across month boundaries work?

No.  This is a known limitation, and one of the artifacts of MHonArc's
initial Perl 4 heritage.  To do it correctly would require a rewrite
of MHonArc.  I have thought of some possible hacks for the existing
code base, but I do not know if it is worth the effort.

multi-month-threading support would be nice to have.

Yes it would.


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