Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 125280
Include per-list links to Google search for mailing list archives
Last modified: 2012-01-04 16:52:05 EST
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Description of problem:
I just searched the fedora-list for the word samba and the most recent
thing that was returned was from 2/23/04. I know there are mort
recent messages with the word samba.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Search for samba in fedora-list
2. sort by last modified date
3. observe no recent messages
Actual Results: didn't see messages re: samba posted yesterday.
Expected Results: to see messages re: samba posted yesterday.
Last time I checked fedora-test-list had the same problem.
i've asked soc to look into this; but they're going to wait until
after updating the search engine. RT# 45556
When are they updating the search engine? The searches still don't seem to
return results after February 2004!
Looks like the search engine function has been removed completely from the
mailing list archive pages. It now looks like a vanilla mailman installation.
Compare the Google cached version:
against the current version:
I'm closing this long old ticket. Best to just use google site specific searches.
(In reply to comment #4)
> I'm closing this long old ticket. Best to just use google site specific searches.
Perhaps advice on how to do this could be added to:
e.g. search "site: www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list foobar" on Google,
or better yet, create mailing-list specific links to Google so that the search
can be pre-filled.
Created attachment 417778 [details]
Add Google Search to list archive table of contents
Now that we host our own mailman instance, we can modify the default archive templates. We could borrow what the Gnome.org lists use for example, adding a simple Google search form to /usr/lib/mailman/templates/en/archtocnombox.html. Attached is a diff against that file on mailman-2.1.9-4.el5.
There are probably a few other templates we could add a similar search form to as well. But this should demonstrate the basic idea.
One thing to note is that the new template would not take effect until a list received a new post. For active lists this is not a problem. For lists that are not used anymore we would have to either a) re-create the archive (which breaks links to the old archive URLs); b) manually update the generated html; or c) leave those lists unchanged. I'd think b or c would both be acceptable, with c taking literally no effort. :)